Architect and scholar Henry Rueda will discuss how major infrastructure projects and automobile culture impacted the city of Caracas using El Helicoide as a case study. El Helicoide is an ambitious project started in 1956 and located on a prominent hill of Caracas. Although it has been occupied by multiple governmental agencies, its construction was never completed, and the original program faded with the socio-political developments of the country. Currently, it is used as a makeshift facility for political prisoners.
Henry Rueda holds a degree in architecture from the Central University of Venezuela and a Master’s in Advanced Architectural Design from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University. He has taught at José María Vargas University, Central University of Venezuela, and Simón Bolívar University. His professional experience includes working for Jesus Tenreiro in Caracas, and Wiel Arets in Maastricht. Rueda’s current work focuses on single family residences in different cities in Venezuela and in Miami. In 2014, his VL House was nominated for the Emerging Architects Mies Crown Hall Prize of the Americas, organized by the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.