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ARQ (Santiago)

versión On-line ISSN 0717-6996

ARQ (Santiago)  n.76 Santiago dic. 2010 

ARQ, n. 76 Day & Night, Santiago, December 2010, p. 13.




Patricio Mardones H. *

* Ediciones ARQ Editor in Chief (S), Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Estudios Urbanos, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile.


The edition of ARQ coincides with the 30th anniversary of the magazine. The editorial project, started by Montserrat Palmer Trias as a publication that in a few thin sheets of paper tried to say as much as possible, has come a long way from those first days as brown paper: from the large format loosely bound in red, white and black covers that the hand and eye of architect, Alex Moreno, gave form, to the full-color, glossy paper editions that circulate today in Chile, South America, Europe and the United States. The changes of material experimented with by the magazine, as well as the expansion of its subject matter –no longer concentrated on either Santiago or Chile, but rather trying to ignore borders- maintains the effort of that first folded paper edition that appeared on November 15, 1980: to open up a space for discussion of architecture, a space that makes similarities and differences visible and assumes a point of view. Mirrors and not Screens, as stated in the first edition.
The Prize that the periodicals of ARQ, at thirty years, received in October during the vii Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo in Medellín also recognized another of the merits of this initiative born within the the Universidad Católica School of Architecture: ARQ is a magazine that also became an editorial publisher. That is the other face of our editorial production, enthusiastic, difficult, and necessary that today adds up to more than 70 published titles.

This edition, number 76, presented during the celebration of the xvii Bienal de Arquitectura de Chile, is the last edition in which Monsterrat Palmer, the founder and director until May 2010, took part. Day and night deals with the relationship of built bodies with the cycle of lights and shades: During preparation lighting designers, architects and specialists were invited to discuss the night, the city, the cities and natural light. The selection of Readings includes a revision to the presence of artificial light in the work of Le Corbusier and then proceeds into an urban lighting plan designed in Brazil. The works, for their part, are an excellent example of the variable condition of architecture as body under light: the Wall house in Lampa, the Umbráculo house in Asunción or the Flor de Campo school in Cartagena de Indias demonstrate the nuances with which light and shade determine the quality of the space we occupy while the cycle of day and night follow their course. ARQ follows its course. We’ll see you in 2011.

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