Panel Discussion: Borderless: Communicating Design in Latin America


Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 12:00pm to 1:30pm


Portico 121, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Latin America has shown to be also a context where borders between disciplines, nations and language seem to have been over passed by the new architectural and design practices and modes of communication. The role of the editor, the index of a more and more multidimensional society, the democratization of media, the use of media to create design and collaborative practices. How relevant is the curatorial space for design in Latin America, especially within a context where access and exposure to a global network has so far been limited?

Borderless is a 3-series event to address the emerging and more established means of communication that Latin America is using, reusing and introducing to create, curate and talk about design: digital, analog, performance.

Paperless? Design and digital platforms, co-sponsored by ARTS@DRCLAS and GSD Latino, will feature as presenter David Basulto and David Assael co-founder of Plataforma Urbana, Plataforma Arquitectura and Arch Daily and as respondent: Azamat Abdymomunov and Rafael Maranon cofounders of the MIT Social Media Club, an organization dedicated to exploring and understanding social media, studying its development and dynamics, and shaping the future of social networks.
Guest Speakers:

David Assael is an architect,  and holds a Master degree  in Urban Planning at Catholic University of Chile.  He is Professor at the School of Architecture of that same university.  He has oriented his studies, work and teaching to activities related to the design of urban projects, as well as the study and spreading of urban and territorial projects and problems. Founding partner and general manager of Plataforma Networks, company whose main objective is to influence the improvement of the quality of life inside the cities, as well as the quality of national and international architecture through the spreading, discussion and generation of urban and architectural projects by integrating 2.0 web tools.

David Basulto is an architect graduated from PUC (Chile) in 2007. He is co-founder of Plataforma Networks, and permanent editor of Plataforma Urbana and Plataforma de Arquitectura. He has participated in many private projects and those related to methodologies for education. Currently, he works on potentiating the web as a means of discussion and information in both in Plataforma Urbana and Plataforma Arquitectura. Among the main projects of Plataforma Networks are, and The latter is the most visited architecture website of the world.

Azamat Abdymomunov has over 12 years of experience in public policy, strategy, negotiation, education and political mobilization. Extensive experience in human capital development, strategic organizational design and complex policy issues. Blog: KnowledgeMap.

Rafael Marañon-Abreu has 9 years of experience in web design. Rafael, research at MIT includes system thinking and the management of seasonal labor migration flows. Early in his career, he served at the United Nations Headquarters in the Financing for Development Office, and also at the Spanish Consulate in Moscow. In addition to pursuing an S.M. in Engineering-and-Management from MIT’s System Design and Management Program, Rafael was also working as a teaching assistant for the system dynamics group at MIT Sloan School of Management.
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Portico 121, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Contact: Marcela Ramos,
Region: All Latin America
Event Location: DRCLAS Cambridge