The Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao (b. 1972) explores and interprets her home country's historical culture and building traditions. The landscape plays a crucial role in her work and she works with it on various scales — from the Mexican countryside through urban landscapes to the 'internal landscape' of the individual building.
The exhibition with Tatiana Bilbao's work is the third in Louisiana's exhibition series The Architect's Studio. Her work ranges wide: for example a pilgrimage route in Mexico with several architects involved; a botanical garden in Culiacán; or new dwellings. In addition Bilbao always works with people from a number of other disciplines such as philosophers and sociologists.
The analysis of the landscape and the social conditions also forms the basis for a small but important project in Mexico City, where crime rates are high: a line of light that will make it possible for women to walk safely through remote parts of the city.
The Mexican cultural, artistic and construction tradition — involving for example the use of rammed earth — plays a crucial role in Bilbao’s works. The fundamental idea is that the architecture must have an instant effect on the people who have to use it. The exhibition is being mounted in collaboration with Tatiana Bilbao and will portray the architect, her working methods and philosophy, as well as her most important buildings.
The exhibition is supported by Realdania. Sponsor of Louisiana’s architectural exhibitions.
The Mexican heritage
"When you come from a country without resources, you are used to not wasting them."
In this interview, the award-winning architect reflects on her cultural heritage and a buzzword in modern architecture, which she believes should be a natural part of all human activities.
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The exhibition series The Architect’s Studio turns the focus on a new generation of pace-setting architects who work with a sustainable and socially aware architecture and face the challenges of globalization. The first exhibition in the series, in 2017, was about the Chinese firm Amateur Architecture Studio directed by Wang Shu and his wife and partner Lu Wenyu, the second, in 2018, about the Chilean group ELEMENTAL headed by artistic director Alejandro Aravena.