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en común: How do we build, live, and work together?

Laura Puttkamer

From 14 May to 29 June, the Aedes Architecture Forum is hosting an exhibition called “en común”. Works by the Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao are on display.

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Tatiana Bilbao at the Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin

Until the 29th of June, the Aedes Architecture Forum is showing an exhibition called “en común” in Berlin, Germany. This exhibition by Tatiana Bilbao Estudio shows ways of coming together and living in harmony. It also deals with connections between public and private space. Furthermore, the Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao has been exploring questions of how to build, live, dwell, and work together for over a decade with her interdisciplinary office Tatiana Bilbao Estudio. In “en común”, which can be translated as “together”, she shows large-scale hand drawings, collages, and models of eight realised and ongoing international projects.

The exhibition emerged from a collaboration with the German AW Architektur & Wohnen magazine and the Aedes Architecture Forum cooperation partner CEMEX. CEMEX is a Mexican building materials company. Tatiana Bilbao is recieving the AW Architect of the Year 2022 award for her “holistic approach to architecture, her unyielding commitment, and her inspiring way of working”, according to the organisers. They also applaud the architect’s vision of architecture as a common platform for all those involved in the design and the use of buildings.

 

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“En común”: Visions of living and coming together

“En común” relates to the various ways in which users, clients, and other architectural offices create projects and designs together. Therefore, the exhibition’s elements show visions of future living, but also of current living. There’s a focus on people coming together. At the same time, there is a lot of detail and appreciation of historical structures and materials. Sustainable building methods and materials play an equally important role in the exhibition as the social aspects of architecture.

“A city unites an infinite number of cities, each of which is shaped by its inhabitants and the spaces created within it. Every pavement, every streetlamp, every building defines the city. In this respect, every moment of encounter and togetherness also defines the city. It can be in the park, at the market, in a laundry or school,” say Tatiana Bilbao and Ayesha S. Gosh, architect at Tatiana Bilbao Estudio. In their projects, the architects create precisely those spaces where users and residents can organise themselves to live and work together.

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About the architect

Tatiana Bilbao was born in Mexico City in 1972. Then, in 2004, she founded her architecture firm in Mexico’s capital city. The works of Tatiana Bilbao Estudio always focus on the context in which projects are set. The architects apply multidisciplinary perspectives in their projects. Overall, they range from master plans to affordable housing projects. An important aim of Tatiana Bilbao’s work is to contribute to each respective environment. She is remaining flexible to the ever-changing needs of the urban context. Therefore, she is integrating social values, collaborative approaches, and sensitive design ideas.

Tatiana Bilbao (Photo: © Volker Renner)

Prior to founding her practice, Tatiana Bilbao was an advisor in the Ministry of Development and Housing of the Government of Mexico City. There, she focused on urban development. Her numerous awards include the Emerging Voice Award by the Architecture League of New York in 2010 and the Berlin Kunstpreis in 2012. She also won the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture by the LOCUS Foundation in 2014, as well as the Marcus Prize Award 2019. Now, she also recieved the AW Architect of the Year Award 2022.

The city of Berlin does not only offer the exhibition, but a truly interesting city. Read about how the city recieved the Carlo Scarpa Prize of 2022 for one of its park landscapes.

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