• LIGA Public Program 2019–2020
    Panósmico, Ana María León, Amunátegui Valdés, and Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados
    Ruth Estevez, Wonne Ickx, Abel Perles, Victor Jaime, and Carlos Bedoya
    LIGA–Space for Architecture, Mexico City, 2019–2020
    LIGA-Space for Architecture

Terra e Tuma, View of Shameless Copy, 2020, Mexico City, Mexico. Photo: Arturo Arrieta

LIGA–Space for Architecture is a nonprofit organization that promotes emergent architecture and fosters debates about the built environment in Latin America. One of its main ambitions is the production of knowledge from within the region, establishing bridges between the different disciplines. The annual calendar comprises four exhibitions in which emerging studios from Latin America intervene LIGA's new gallery space located in the Doctores neighborhood, in the center of Mexico City. Since 2011, LIGA has organized 28 exhibitions by emerging architectural talent from over ten countries (Argentina, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, Spain, and Portugal). The 2019–20 exhibition program continues to focus on emerging and influential architectural practices from Latin America.

The collective Panósmico (Mariana Mañón and Manolo Larrosa) in collaboration with architects Alice Pontiggia and Roberto Michelsen, poet Iñigo Malvido, filmmaker Eduardo Makoszay and Mateo Torres Ruiz are the winners of LIGA’s second open call: Máquinas Imaginantes (Imaginary Machines) with their proposal: “Circuito de Auscultación Hidrográfica” (Hydrographic Auscultation Circuit). The project consists of three sensor stations controlled by Arduinos and distributed in three of the Becerra River dams, one of the underground rivers that crosses Mexico City. These stations report the fluctuating state of its indexes: pH, amount of oxygen, speed of movement, temperature and density of dissolved particles in the water. The information collected by the sensors circulates in real time in the LIGA space and becomes visible through containers of water, which modify their state according to the values found in the Becerra River.

Ana María León is an architect, a teacher, and a PhD graduate of the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Architecture. Her work focuses on the intersection of modernity, politics, and architecture, and art. Recent research includes an analysis of Brazilian architect Vilanova Artigas. She has degree in architecture  from Universidad Católica in Guayaquil, a master’s degree in architecture from Georgia Tech, and a master’s of design studies with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. León has received several grants, fellowships, and awards, including Fulbright-Laspau, the Gerald McCue Medal at Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology C.C. Royal Fund, the Journal of Architectural Education Scholarship of Design Award, and the Society of Architectural Historians de Montêquin Fellowship. She has taught at Georgia Tech, Harvard Graduate School of Design Career Discovery, UCSG Arquitectura, UEES Arquitectura, and the Veneto Experience. Her scholarly research has been published in many digests and presented at institutions and conferences.

Amunátegui Valdés is an architecture office founded in 2011 by Cristóbal Amunátegui and Alejandro Valdés. Now in Santiago and Los Angeles, the office uses a generalist approach to develop work in all scales and mediums, including furniture, buildings, exhibitions, texts, lectures, and seminars. Amunátegui received his architecture degree from PUC in Santiago, a master’s degree from Columbia University, and is currently finishing a PhD in architectural history at Princeton University. Since 2019 he is an associate professor at University of California Los Angeles School of Architecture and Urban Design. Valdés received his architecture degree from UFT in Santiago. Before starting Amunátegui Valdés he worked at Mansilla Tuñon in Madrid. He is currently a partner in the furniture company Muebles Valdés in Santiago.

The architects Danilo Terra, Fernanda Sakano, Juliana Assali, and Pedro Tuma direct the architecture office Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados, founded in 2006, in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. From a dynamic structure, Terra e Tuma preserves the capacity to act in a network, creating integrated and multidisciplinary systems unique to the development of each project. Thus, the firm has worked in association with sociologists, anthropologists, engineers and, of course, architects. At the time of its trajectory, the office already had projects recognized and exhibited in the Biennials of Venice, 2010 and 2016; Rotterdam, 2012; Quito, 2014; Iberoamericana, 2016; and Chile, 2017.

Curatorial Staff LIGA: PRODUCTORA + Ruth Estévez

PRODUCTORA is a Mexico City-based architectural studio founded by Abel Perles, Carlos Bedoya, Victor Jaime, and Wonne Ickx. PRODUCTORA´s work is distinguished by an interest in precise geometries, the production of clearly legible projects with limited gestures and the search for timeless buildings in their material and spatial resolutions.

Ruth Estevez is a Spanish curator. She was the Director and Curator of the Gallery at REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA. From 2007–11 Estevez served as the chief curator at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City where she curated various exhibitions and projects with artists such as Mark Manders, Guy Ben-Ner, Matt Mullican, and Fernando Ortega amongst others. In 2010, Estevez cofounded Liga-Space for Architecture, the first space in Latin America devoted to the critical reflection and presentation of architecture and urbanism. Estevez has written extensively for various exhibition catalogues and art publications. She holds a master's degree in art history from Mexico's National Autonomous University where she is currently a doctoral candidate completing a PhD.  She was selected as part of the curatorial team in the Sao Paulo Biennale 2019.

LIGA–Space for Architecture is a nonprofit independent platform founded in Mexico City in 2011 that promotes Latin American contemporary architecture through exhibitions, lectures, and workshops. It was created as a curatorial platform in order to stimulate the experimentation in relation to contemporary architecture and its possibilities as a discursive practice, expanding, and establishing connections with other disciplines.