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Andres Souto
Architecture MA

Royal College of Art

Specialisms: Architecture / Sculpture / Ceramics

Location: London, United Kingdom

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Andres Souto

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First Name: Andres

Last Name: Souto

Specialisms: Architecture / Sculpture / Ceramics

Sectors: Product / Architecture / Interiors / Fine Art/Photography/Craft

My Location: London, United Kingdom

University / College: Royal College of Art

Course / Program Title: Architecture MA

About:

Andrés Souto Vilarós is an architect and artist from Mexico City. In 2015 he received the Abraaj RCA Innovation Scholarship with which he was able to attend and complete the MA Architecture course at the Royal College of Art. His thesis project reveals the influences between the material languages of popular culture, self-building and technology through the investigation of the self-built tiny chapels of the unregulated settlements of Mexico City and the SketchUp 3D Warehouse.

The Aesthetics of Hope is a research project that investigates architecture made outside the boundaries of official culture. It explores the methods and processes in which popular culture appropriates and interprets official architecture and speculates on how these might evolve. The self-built tiny chapels scattered throughout Mexico City represent the most faithful examples of how popular culture appropriates and interprets official architectural language. They reveal our reading and use of space through a collectively understood application. Both the archetypes and the aesthetic language render the buildings visible. This idea is further evidenced by the tiny chapels that try to resemble the New Basilica of Guadalupe and raise the question of when, how and why do new archetypes emerge and how is an archetype brought into cultural understanding? The project reveals the influences between the material languages of popular culture, self-building and technology through the investigation of the self-built tiny chapels of the unregulated settlements of Mexico City and the SketchUp 3D Warehouse.