When they organized their first camp in Argentina, perhaps not even the team of Hello Wood would have thought that there would be next ones. And yet, here we are, writing about the fourth one already!
The Argentinean edition of Hello Wood international summer festival for architecture has ended. The Budapest-based studio – which has attracted the attention of such legendary architects in the last few years as Urban Think-Tank from Zürich or Kengo Kuma from Japan – can proudly say that one of Europe’s leading architectural summer universities has become an export, along with their teaching methods. For 4 years now, the Argentinian partners, the MANDARINA design agency and TACADI architecture studio (Bea Palacio, Mercedes Palacio, Jerónimo Fanelli, Marcos Llerena) organize Hello Wood Argentina, following the Hungarian model.
“We are proud to be able to spread our knowledge, experience and inspiration in an international environment as initiators of a Hungarian project. The Lollapalooza Argentina festival also exhibits the artworks from year to year so tens of thousands of people can see the installations in close-up. ” – says one of the Hello Wood founders, David Raday.
At Ceibas, 160 kilometers from Buenos Aires, during the one-week camp, students could experience not only an intense community experience but also a learning-by-doing methodology. Hello Wood claims that teaching students in presence- and action-oriented situations result in socially aware, civically engaged, “doer” future generations.
During the week 11 installations were made, led by workshop leaders from Argentina, Brazil, the Netherlands, Paraguay and Uruguay. The theme of this year’s camp was the Superpositions, ie. Overlaps. Overlapping concepts, materials and experiences are an essential part of Hello Wood, as the program provides a unique opportunity to connect generations of architects with different professional and cultural backgrounds through construction, knowledge sharing and innovative thinking.
Photos: Pedro Scarpaci