As the byproduct of the Cold War, the space race produced a considerable number of objects disseminated in networks, not only in the East and West but also in the global South: rockets, launching pads, satellite tracking stations, astronomical observatories, and several other pieces of design, machineries and infrastructures. These objects are remnants of a modernity tied to secrecy, war deterrence, and mass media associated to outer-space politics.
Pedro Ignacio Alonso is Associate Professor at the Universidad Cat lica de Chile and Program Director of the Architectural Association's Visiting School to Santiago. Together with Hugo Palmarola he won the Silver Lion as curator and author of Monolith Controversies, Chile's Pavilion at the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture 2014. They have published the books Panel (Architectural Association, 2014) and Monolith Controversies (Hatje Cantz, 2014), obtaining a DAM Architectural Book Award granted by the Deutsches Architekturmuseum and Frankfurt Book Fair. He has published articles at AA Files, San Rocco and Manifest, and book chapters with Routledge (2013), and MIT Press (2014). He was Princeton-Mellon Fellow 2015-2016.