Javier Sanchez - "Urban Acupuncture, Social Housing, and Historical Interventions"
Javier Sánchez is the founding partner, lead designer and director of the architecture workshop at JSª, a multi-disciplinary firm based in Mexico City. Formerly known as Higuera + Sánchez, the office has completed more than 80 projects in 15 years; including residential, cultural, commercial, mixed use and urban design; both in Mexico and internationally.Javier Sánchez is a Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and has been recognized with numerous national and international awards including a Golden Lion for Urban Projects at the Venice Biennale in 2006 and an International Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum for the best new global design in 2010. Javier Sánchez has also taught and lectured at various universities in Mexico and internationally.Sánchez's lecture will focus upon three important aspects of his practice: urban acupuncture, that tries to blur the boundaries of a project and look for opportunities to redefine urban form with small, almost imperceptible movements; social housing, that, by understanding opportunities for recycling neighborhoods, can produce affordable urban housing; and historical interventions, that can strengthen the essence of existing buildings and allow them to transcend their original purpose.
An exhibit reception will be held in Architecture Hall 250 at 5:30pm prior to the lecture.