The SRC (Santiago Research Cell) was established in 2013 by a group of seven alumni from the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) as an attempt to develop a new type of GSAPP Global Network node aimed to function with a flexible organizational structure independent from a physical space. SRC deploys a research-based community able to generate its own knowledge and to provide Global Network initiatives with new regional input in the areas of architecture, use public spaces, urban planning, post-earthquake reconstruction, and the future of cities, among others
The group has organized, in conjunction with the Santiago Center, several events during the past few years:
- Visit of GSAPP Professor Andres Jaque (January 2017): It included a seminar entitled The Politics of Water” in the form of a conversation between Andrés Jaque and GSAPP professor Enrique Walker, moderated by the SRC member Ernesto Silva; and the launching of the book Transmaterial, by the SRC and Ediciones ARQ, with the support of the Santiago Center.
- Visit of Felicity Scott, Director of the PhD in Architecture and Co-director of the Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices Program at GSAPP (May2016): A Public lecture at the School of Architecture of the Universidad Católica de Chile to present her recent book "What Went Wrong?”
- Research project “Learning from 27F”, led by the GSAPP Latin Lab and the Santiago Research Cell focusing on the impact and lessons of the 2010 earthquake (March 2015 to February 2016). It involved five Chilean universities, a seminar held in Santiago in August 2014, and a final report launch on February 2015.
- Project Who Cares for Chilean Cities, which included a seminar and exhibition in NY (March 2013), a seminar and exhibition in Rio de Janeiro (August 2013), and a conference in Santiago (March 2013) featuring then GSAPP Dean Mark Wigley and GSAPP Professors Clara Irázaval and Enrique Walker.
- Who Cares for Chilean Cities? book launch in Santiago (August 2014)
- Who Cares for Chilean Cities? book presentation at Harvard GSD, Cambridge, MA (February 2016)
- “Architects without Architecture,” a series lectures held in Santiago featuring: Leopold Lambert - An architect that is writing – August 2014; Fernando Ocampo – An architect acting – October 2014; and Sergio Castro – An architect making films – December 2014.
- “Clip, Stamp, Fold” an exhibition on architectural publications, followed by the presentation of a book (May 2013).
Currently, the members of the Santiago Research Cell are:
Mario Marchant (AAD '05)
Nicolás Stutzin (AAD '10, AAR '11)
Ernesto Silva (AAD '12, AAR '13)
Carolina Ihle (AAD '12, AAR '13)
Paula Orta (AAD '13)
Francisco Díaz (CCCP '13)
Rayna Razmilic (CCCP' 16)