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The book “Architecture in Andean Bolivia”, by architect Elisabetta Andreoli and artist Ligia D’Andrea, presents the unique architectural work of Freddy Mamani Silvestre, born in a small community and who, after having worked twenty years as a bricklayer, joined the faculty of technology of civil construction at the University Mayor de Sant’Andres, graduating in engineering.

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Mamani has already built 60 cholets in the past eight years or so, according to the Financial Times, with 12 new ones underway, each costing $300,000 to $600,000.
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The architect Freddy Mamani Silvestre’s extravagant urban mansions in El Alto have been derided as cohetillos, meaning “spaceships”—giving his work the nickname “spaceship architecture.”
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“We use the colors of our textiles, colors that are alive,” said Mamani, tracing his inspiration to the elaborate shawls and other traditional garments made by Aymara weavers like his mother.

Free of academic ambitions, he has dedicated himself to architecture to give identity to his city, rediscovering elements of the original Bolivian Andean culture. As pointed out by Elisabetta Andreoli, the works of Mamani are ‘born’ to celebrate the great events of life, being a riot of shapes and bright colours. Based on the conviction that there is “always a good reason to toast”, Mamani has created real amusement park architecture, characterized by total freedom of composition and colour.

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Walking into one of Mamani’s buildings is like coming out of a rabbit hole into an electric Bolivian wonderland. It’s a jolt to the rods and cones.
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The “new Andean” style has served to reinvent a city once aesthetically monochromatic, and to bring traditional Andean and Tiwanaku cultures into an urban setting.

WHERE: Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES

The book “Architecture in Andean Bolivia”, by architect Elisabetta Andreoli and artist Ligia D’Andrea, presents the unique architectural work of Freddy Mamani Silvestre, born in a small community and who, after having worked twenty years as a bricklayer, joined the faculty of technology of civil construction at the University Mayor de Sant’Andres, graduating in engineering.
Free of academic ambitions, he has dedicated himself to architecture to give identity to his city, rediscovering elements of the original Bolivian Andean culture. As pointed out by Elisabetta Andreoli, the works of Mamani are ‘born’ to celebrate the great events of life, being a riot of shapes and bright colours. Based on the conviction that there is “always a good reason to toast”, Mamani has created real amusement park architecture, characterized by total freedom of composition and colour.
WHERE: Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES

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