The project, the new Visitors Center and Museum for the Luis Muñoz María Foundation in San Juan, Puerto Rico, situates itself as a mediator and threshold between a large semi-urban forest and a historic site grouping the former home and small buildings of the owners, where the house of the first elected governor of Puerto Rico is located. A bold two-pieces volume resembles and occupied the space of a natural border that existed before, while providing a threshold welcoming flows through the building to the site and the forest.
Project Lead Designer for Toro Ferrer Arquitectos, 2006-2013.
AIA Puerto Rico, Honor Award, 2008 (unbuilt).
X Architecture Biennial Puerto Rico, Honor Award, 2008 (unbuilt).
For the initial part of the course, first year undergraduate students where confronted to notions of place and context. An analytical city study was developed through the layering of cartographic drawings including a vast variety of the city’s visible and invisible infrastructure. Mixed media, hand drawn.
The house was conceived as a large open interior/exterior space in between the front and back gardens of the elongated site. Two less permeable volumes contain the private and support areas. Formal public living areas are covered with a high roof to create a continuous environment with the gardens and outdoors.
Project Lead Designer for Toro Ferrer Arquitectos, Lead Project Manager and Construction Administrator, 2006-2011.
Led by pedestrian deity (Finnish architect Marco Casagrande), the anarchist gardener performance developed 12 “industrial zen gardens” during a 9 hour walking performance between the cities of Bayamón and San Juan. The anarchist gardener aimed for a better pedestrian city lost to vehicles.
Marcelo López-Dinardi is an immigrant, researcher and educator based in New York City interested in: the various scales of design (from micro-to-global and everything in between); how to produce agency in design and education; in the practice of architecture as research; architecture and design as an expanded media (publications, exhibitions and curatorial practices); and the intersection of architecture and political economy. He is also a Partner of A(n) Office and have taught recently at Barnard+Columbia, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Penn Design at the University of Pennsylvania, RISD and Pratt Institute. He was selected to represent the United States Pavilion in the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale and more recently selected as a Fellow for Ideas City Athens and Ideas City Arles, and event organized by New York City’s New Museum. In 2004 founded the contemporary city research platform CIUDADLAB, was a full-time Assistant Professor of design studio, research and representation at the PUPR, where he directed the 2009-2010 Lectures Series Sense Recession: What Comes Next?, and also directed the Roundtable Discussion Series for four years. From 2008-2011 edited the architecture journal Polimorfo, which he also co-founded. He co-edited the book Promiscuous Encounters for GSAPP Books. Has written for Avery Review, The Architect’s Newspaper, Entorno, Domus, Planning Perspectives, Art Forum China, Materia, and lectured at Cooper Union, Princeton University, University of Michigan, RISD, among others. His architectural design work has been awarded several times by the AIA. He completed a Bachelor in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico and after relocating to New York, he developed the thesis Destructive Knowledge: Tools for Learning to Un-Dō with a renewed discussion around the work of Gordon Matta-Clark obtaining a MS in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in architecture from the GSAPP at Columbia University.
Recent collaborators include: Tyrene Calvesbert, Mitch McEwen, Isabelle-Kirkham Lewitt, Harrison Ratcliff-Bush, Marina Otero Verzier, Nina Valerie Kolowratnik, Francisco Díaz, Oscar Oliver-Didier, Pier Paolo Pala, Chau Tran, Yuliya Veligurskaya.