Past Readings, Present Findings: on Intervening Emilio Duhart’s PDVN House

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https://doi.org/10.52200/64.A.O232XY07

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Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing

Abstract

Between 1963 and 1966 Emilio Duhart (1917-2006) worked on the design of this single-family house in what used to be the outskirts of Santiago. During this period, a series of younger collaborators worked on the project, transforming it continuously. Now, confronted with the task of refurbishing the house, we trace back and try to understand the project development by researching archival material. However, it is the process of physically dismantling damaged fabric – almost everything, besides the concrete structure – that really reveals the main principles behind the whole design process. A silent dialogue with architects already gone, which provides the guidelines to write just another chapter in the life of this structure.

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Beals, A., & Lyon, L. (2021). Past Readings, Present Findings: on Intervening Emilio Duhart’s PDVN House. Docomomo Journal, (64), 84–87. https://doi.org/10.52200/64.A.O232XY07

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2021-04-01

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Author Biographies

Alejandro Beals, San Sebastián University

Alejandro Beals and Loreto Lyon have taught studios at Cornell University AAP, the IUAV in Venice, Scola da Cidade in Sao Paulo, and Universidad Católica de Perú. Currently they both teach at Universidad San Sebastián and PUC of Chile. They have published and exhibited extensively. In 2016 Ediciones AR Q published the monograph Beals Lyon Arquitectos: Public Voids, featuring a selection of works about public architecture. The practice has been recognized with various design awards, like the recent Plataforma Arquitectura’s 2020 Building of the Year Award, for a Town Hall in central Chile. In 2001, Alejandro Beals (Chile, 1976) received the title of architect from PUC (Chile). In 2012 he received a Master of Philosophy degree at the Royal College of Art (RCA), London, where he researched boundaries and borders in architecture, under the supervision of professor Nigel Coates.

Loreto Lyon, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Alejandro Beals and Loreto Lyon have taught studios at Cornell University AAP, the IUA V in Venice, Scola da Cidade in Sao Paulo, and Universidad Católica de Perú. Currently they both teach at Universidad San Sebastián and PUC of Chile. They have published and exhibited extensively. In 2016 Ediciones AR Q published the monograph Beals Lyon Arquitectos: Public Voids, featuring a selection of works about public architecture. The practice has been recognized with various design awards, like the recent Plataforma Arquitectura’s 2020 Building of the Year Award, for a Town Hall in central Chile. In 2005, Loreto Lyon (Chile, 1979) received the title of architect from PUC (Chile). In 2011 she received a Master of Science degree (MSc) in “Environmental Design and Engineering” from the Bartlett, University College of London (UCL).

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