A Building That Renders the Image of a City

An investigation of a stadiums potentials beyond sports event, religious congregations, political rallies, or acts of tyranny, and of private property’s logic in context with land deregulation and housing atomization



Title Information

Edited by Alejandra Celedón and Stephannie Fell. With texts by Alejandra Celedón, Stephannie Fell, Marina Lathouri, Valentina Rozas-Krause, Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió, Daniel Talesnik, Anthony Vidler, and Alejandro Zambra

1st edition

, 2018

Text English and Spanish


224 pages, 52 color and 59 b/w illustrations

17 x 24 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-108-1


“Stadium” is the theme chosen for the Chilean Pavilion at the 2018 International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. The intent is to capture the story of the National Stadium in Santiago—both a building and a city for a day. On September 29, 1979, 40,000 families filled the stadium’s seats; around 250,000 people from all over the country’s capital. The occasion was the signing of documents that transformed these people into proprietors. Prior to the event, the press circulated a list of names of the people summoned to the stadium—beneficiaries of Operación Sitio, a public housing program—together with a plan that showed the stadium subdivided into boroughs.
This book tells the dual story of the stadium and the exhibition at the Chilean Pavilion, interwoven with the Architecture Exhibition’s broad theme of “Freespace.”

The book is organized into four chapters, each featuring short essays and illustrations, including drawings, plans, and photographs. In the making of the exhibition, the stadium’s floorplan no longer demarcates the stands but visualizes another city marginalized from its center. Each section is extruded as a block, engraved with the urban fabric of the fragment of the city from which it originates. A timely contribution to a continuing conversation, Stadium will be welcomed by architects, urban planners, and those who provide housing.

Authors & Editors

Alejandra Celedón

 is an architect working as a researcher and lecturer at Pontifica Universidad Católica’s School of Architecture, Design and Urban Studies in Santiago. She graduated from The Bartlett, University College London, and obtained her PhD from the Architectural Association’s School of Architecture in London.

Stephannie Fell

 is an architect and lecturer at at Pontifica Universidad Católica’s School of Architecture, Design and Urban Studies in Santiago. She studied photography at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston MA and currently pursues a Master’s degree in History of architecture at The Bartlett, University College London.

Marina Lathouri

 is the director of the Graduate Program of History and Critical Thinking in Architecture at the Architectural Association’s School of Architecture in London and a lecturer at University of Cambridge. She has previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania and as Visiting Professor at the Universidad de Navarra, Spain, and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago.

Valentina Rozas-Krause

 pursues a PhD at University of California Berkeley, where she also works as a lecturer and reseracher. She graduated in Urban Planning from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago. In 2011–14 she taught at the School of Architecture of Universidad Diego Portales and was a researcher at the school’s City and Territory Laboratory.

Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió

 is an architect and PhD candidate at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP), Columbia University in New York, He is also a Graduate Fellow of Columbia’s Institute for Comparative Literature and Society.

Daniel Talesnik

 is a research fellow at the A.M. Architekturmuseum der TUM in Munich. He graduated in architecture and obtained his PhD from Columbia University, New York.

Anthony Vidler

 is a historian and critic of modern and contemporary architecture. He has been appointed Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The Cooper Union in New York in 2001, where teaches a wide variety of courses. He has also been curator of exhibitions worldwide and publishes widely.

Alejandro Zambra

 is a Chilean-born writer living and working in Mexico City. In 2015–16 he was a Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library.