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LIGA, Space for Architecture is an independent platform founded in Mexico City in 2011 that promotes Latin American contemporary architecture through exhibitions, conferences and workshops.

Schedules

L - V / M - F: 10:00 a 14:00 /

10 am to 2 pm

cita previa / by appointment 

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Open calls

2nd Open Call: LIGA

Submission date: February 18 to May 7, 2019
Deadline for submissions: May 14, 2019

 

"The machine is invented to respond to specific needs. Once it exists, the operator can go far beyond its original capacities: by breaking the rules imposed by the machine itself, creative outcomes emerge that were unimagined before using the machine, before breaking its rules."

Felipe Ehrenberg

Our second open call borrows its title from the book by Stevphen Shukaitis, lmaginal Machines [1], to discuss the productive structures that operate on the basis of a radical and collective imagination. A mechanism that is activated by social self-determination and joint action and that is the fruit of sharing the experience, knowledge and techniques that ground us as a society. 

We invite architects, researchers and writers to think about past and present "machines" that use architecture to work as tools of social analysis and production.

Leaving aside any deux ex machina mechanism, the structures we would like to assembie avoid a happy ending, where this is produced by standardized modes of operation. lmaginal machines help us to construct a vision of how to live together in the world, dismantling the state of comfortable individualism in which most of us live. Machines that are in a continuous state of trial and error, operating on the basis of their own dysfunctionality "lt might be that imaginal machines only work by breaking down. [...] By reopening the question of recuperation, the inevitable drive to integrate the power of social insurgency back in to the werking of capital and the state."[2] Only in this way can we create possibilities where the shared imagination can combine different ecologies of knowledge in the service of social change.

We are open to both real and/or imaginary projects that use installation, historica! documents and archive material, performance, or publications that refer to the creation of these imaginal machines within architecture as antagonists of the status quo, whether using specific cases or those under development.

The winner proposal would be shown in LIGA as part of the annual exhibitions program. 

[1] Shukaitis, Stevphen. lmaginal Machines: Autonomy and Self-Organization in the Revolutions of Every Day Life. New York: Autonomedia, 2009
[2] lbid. 1
 
First Stage Jury
Iván López Munuera (ESP) 
Fabrizio Gallanti (ITA) 
Amaryllis Jacobs (BEL)
Camilo Restrepo (COL)
Rubén Valdéz (MEX)
Andrew Kovacs (Archive of Affinities)  (EEUU)
Anna Junni (BRA)
Sandra Barclay (PER)

Second Stage Jury
Julieta González (VEN/MEX)
Rozana Montiel (MEX)
Natalia de la Rosa (MEX)
Amanda de la Garza (MEX)
Surella Segú (MEX)
 
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Open Call to create a pavilion for the International Fair Of Friendship And Culture, 2018

Opens: October, 2017
Closes: November 1, 2017
Open call to create the conceptual project for the architectural intervention in the International Fair of Friendship and Culture 2018
 
Organizers: LIGA, Espacio para arquitectura + the Mexico City Government, through the Department of International Affairs.
First phase: Open call for applications from architects, urbanists, engineers and designers, of Mexican nationality and resident in Mexico City and who are qualified to practice.
Second phase: Development and presentation by five finalists of a conceptual architectural project for the Fair of Friendship and Culture 2017.
Winner project: TO (José Amozurrutia and Carlos Facio). 

Open Call to create a pavilion for the International Fair Of Friendship And Culture, 2017

Opens: September 23, 2016
Closes: October 17, 2016
Open call to create the conceptual project and spatial proposal for the architectural intervention in the Fair of Friendship and Culture 2017 in the capital’s Zócalo.
 
Organizers: LIGA, Espacio para arquitectura + the Mexico City Government, through the Department of International Affairs.
First stage: Open call for applications from architects, urbanists, engineers and designers, of Mexican nationality and resident in Mexico City and who are qualified to practice.
Second stage: Development and presentation by five finalists of a conceptual architectural project for the Fair of Friendship and Culture 2017.
Winner project: Paseo Parian from Colectivo UNO, 2017

Open Call to create the Pavilion for the International Fair of Friendship And Culture 2016

Opens: January 4, 2016
Closes: January 18, 2016
Open call to create the conceptual project for the architectural intervention in the International Fair of Friendship and Culture 2016.
 
Organizers: LIGA, Espacio para arquitectura + the Mexico City Government, through the Department for International Affairs
First phase: Open call for applications from architects, urbanists, engineers and others, of Mexican nationality and resident in the Distrito Federal (Mexico City).
Second phase: Development and presentation by three finalists of a conceptual architectural project for the Fair of Friendship and Culture 2016, over a period of one month.
Winner project: Ambrosi | Etchegaray

Invisible Geometries: Open Call

Opens: March 30, 2015
Closes: July 6, 2015
The participants must present a proposal for an installation for the LIGA exhibition space around the theme: Invisible Geometries.

LIGA’s curatorial focus is on architecture as a reflexive practice and a discipline in which there converge different interests, practices and processes, often intangible at first sight. The conceptual process behind the invited architect’s practice has frequently been the principal axis of the interventions. From the Interstitial spaces in Adamo Faiden’s proposal, the Delicate Balance in the installation by Carla Juacaba, the Atmosphere in Paisajes Emergentes’ work, or Frida Escobedo’s work on Time, all the exhibits at LIGA have materialized characteristics of their architecture with experimental proposals.

  • Organizers: LIGA, Espacio para arquitectura + Arquine
  • Participants: open to young Latin American architects
  • Registration period: March 20 to July 6, 2015.
  • Entry fee: $60.00 (early registration) - $80.00 USD.
  • Submission deadline: July 13, 2015.
  • Submission: electronic submission, 2 tabloid-sized boards
  • Winner announced: August 10, 2015
  • Prizes: the selected proposal will be shown in LIGA’s gallery, as the 20th exhibition in its annual program.
  • Jury: Marcelo Faiden (ARG), Jonathan Olivares (USA), Marcelo Gualano (URY), Andrés Jaque (ESP), Iñaki Bonillas (MEX), Frida Escobedo (MEX), Alvaro Puntoni (BRA), Mauricio Pezo (CHI), Miguel Mesa (COL), Florencia Rodríguez (ARG), Isaac Broid (MEX), Mauricio Rocha (MEX), Tatiana Bilbao (MEX).