Giancarlo Mazzanti

About Giancarlo Mazzanti

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Giancarlo MazzantiGiancarlo Mazzanti is an architect who was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, in 1963.

He is an architect by Javeriana University (1987) with a degree in History and Theory of Architecture and Industrial Design of the University of Florence, Italy (1991). He has taught at universities in Colombia and at universities in the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Peru and Panama.

In 2006 he won first prize in the category of Urban Design and Landscape at the Venice Architecture Biennale X , and in 2008 he was awarded the prize for the best work of Architecture and Urbanism at the Sixth Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism.

His architectural works include a wide range of programs including conference centers, libraries, schools, parks, pedestrian walkways, houses and collective. His recent works include the restaurant Nazca , residential buildings Inhabit 72 + 74 and several day care centers, all in Bogotá, the Library Españ to Santo Domingo Savio and Lion Park Grieff Library, both in Medellin, and educational center district in Lithuania. Currently he is building the Colosseum in Medellin.

Giancarlo Mazzanti became a symbol of social trasnformación in Medellin through avant-garde architecture, developed especially in disadvantaged areas, almost inaccessible due to poverty and violence. Library Park Spain located in a neighborhood of Santo Domingo in Medellin is a clear example, as it was a decade ago almost inaccessible due to insecurity and marginalization. This Colombian architect has managed, with the help of transport arrival Metrocable to change and economically revive a very marginal.

Mazzanti proposes that “to understand the historical and generate diversity” is the most important to establish a national identity from architecture. In his opinion, in Colombia there are new talents that are constantly evolving and that, even if they conflict are creating a new movement.