From futuristic mall to hellish jail: New AIANY exhibit delves into the history of Venezuela's “El Helicoide” – The Architect's Newspaper

AIA New York’s Center for Architecture opens its latest exhibit, El Helicoide: From Mall to Jail, on Could 9. The exhibit, curated by Celeste Olalquiaga of PROYECTO HELICOIDE, examines the improvement and subsequent collapse of the El Heliocoide drive-in mall in Caracas, Venezuela.

The constructing was designed in the late 1950s by architect Romero Gutierrez as a illustration of the utopian hopes of a booming Venezuela and shortly grew to become an icon of trendy structure. The spiraling mall caps La Roca Tarpeya hill, which overlooks Caracas, and is topped with a geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller.

The challenge went from being the star of MoMA’s 1961 present Roads to an deserted house of greater than 10,000 squatters after dealing with a number of monetary roadblocks and a collection of political upheavals. In 1985 the deserted constructing was adopted by the Venezuelan intelligence providers and has since been a spot of imprisonment and surveillance.

“El Helicoide’s failure and turbulent history are symptomatic of what went improper with trendy Venezuela,” mentioned Olalquiaga in a press launch. “By exhibiting the constructing’s patrimonial and cultural worth, PROYECTO HELICOIDE seeks to spotlight the nation’s excellent trendy heritage in all its contradictory complexity.”

A ebook about the challenge’s history, From Mall to Jail: El Helicoide’s Downward Spiral, will likely be launched together with the exhibit. A gap reception with the curator will likely be held on Could 9 and the exhibition will likely be open by way of July 13. For extra data, you may go to the AIA New York’s Middle for Structure occasion web page here.

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From futuristic mall to hellish jail: New AIANY exhibit delves into the history of Venezuela's “El Helicoide” - The Architect's Newspaper