Latin American Architecture: Six Voices

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The countries of Latin America exist within a framework of individuality supported by a unity based on the similar factors of urban population, rural morale, and ethnic conformation. The area is isolated even as it is centrally located in geographical terms, almost in a time warp of culture that mixes the modern with the arcane, the elite with the poor, and the primitive with the sophisticated. The common history, common destiny, and common role in the world inherent to the major countries of Latin ...
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The countries of Latin America exist within a framework of individuality supported by a unity based on the similar factors of urban population, rural morale, and ethnic conformation. The area is isolated even as it is centrally located in geographical terms, almost in a time warp of culture that mixes the modern with the arcane, the elite with the poor, and the primitive with the sophisticated. The common history, common destiny, and common role in the world inherent to the major countries of Latin America—Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Uruguay, and Venezuela—justify the efforts of regional architects to create a continental identity.

Latin American Architecture: Six Voices is a compilation of profiles of architects, one from each of the six major countries. The essays capture the political and social changes that altered the face of Latin American countries and how the architects who work there continually attempt to balance the old with the new, intimating at the same time the continuity and cultivation of a tradition so persistent in Latin American architecture. In doing so, the artists reveal the two major schools of development: minimalist and tectonic tradition.

Michael L. Tribe and Pablo J. Rodriguez P., along with editors Malcolm Quantrill and Kenneth Frampton, focus on prominent figures in Latin American architecture such as Colombia's Rogelio Salmona, Mexico's Ricardo Legoretta, and Venezuela's Jesús Tenreiro-Degwitz. Their intent is to correct an imbalanced treatment of the region's architecture at the hands of international critics, who lauded Latin America as the proving ground of modernism in the late 1940s but then quickly lost interest.

A refreshing look at some less-famous architects, whose skill is equal to if not greater than that of some stars of the "developed world," Latin American Architecture provides an ideal introduction for the architecture student or anyone interested in architecture as a reflection of culture.

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Fifth in the "Studies in Architecture and Culture" series, this title contains cogent and informative essays by different authors on the following practitioners, each representing a different country: Eladio Dieste, Christian De Groote, Ricardo Legorreta, Rogelio Salmona, Jes s Tenreiro-Degwitz, and Clorindo Testa. Producing buildings with recognizable International Style, if not specifically Corbusian, elements, these architects fully embraced the modern movement, blending it in some cases with regional materials. In the introduction, the late Marina Waisman provides insightful social, cultural, and historical background. Following each essay, there is a selection of six buildings, each examined succinctly and accompanied by clear and ample black-and-white photographs and line drawings. Although slightly stilted at times, the language of the essays nevertheless examines and describes the work with precision. The volume concludes with capsule biographies of the architects. Suitable for all architecture collections, this book fills a wide gap in sources on modern architecture in Central and South America, which, as the authors point out, remains chronically marginalized.--Paul Glassman, New York Sch. of Interior Design Lib. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890969014
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Series: Studies in Architecture and Culture Series , #5
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 9.82 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author


Malcolm Quantrill is Distinguished Professor of Architecture at Texas A&M University.Kenneth Frampton is Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia University in New York City.Pablo J. Rodriguez P. is founder of the architectural firm TEKTON Arquitectura in Caracas, where he practices and teaches architecture.Michael L. Tribe is an associate with Peter Gisolfi Associates of Westchester, New York, where he designs residential, institutional, and commercial projects.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
Eladio Dieste: Techniques and Poetics (Uruguay) 21
Atlantida Church
Shopping Center
Agroindustrias Massaro
Dieste House
Frugoni Warehouse
San Pedro Church
Christian De Groote: The Possibility of Poetical Realism (Chile) 51
Fuenzalida House
Gellona House
Eliodoro Matte House
Errasuriz House
Fajnzylber House
El Mercurio Newspaper Building
Ricardo Legorreta: A Vanguard Born of Tradition (Mexico) 81
Hotel Camino Real Cancun
Hotel Camino Real Ixtapa
Museum of Contemporary Art
Solana IBM Center
Gomez House
Renault Motors Factory
Rogelio Salmona: In His Context (Colombia) 116
Torres del Parque
Quimbaya Museum
Franco House
Guest House
Nueva Santa Fe
Altos del Pino
Jesus Tenreiro-Degwitz (Venezuela) 145
Cathedral of Ciudad Guayana
Benedictine Abbey of San Jose
Corporacion Venezolana de Guayana
Barquisimeto Town Hall
Rodriguez Perez House
Palacios Cabre House
Clorindo Testa: An Empire of the Senses (Argentina) 175
Centrol Cultural Recoleta
Central Naval Hospital
Santa Rosa Civic Center
National Library
Londres y America del Sur Bank
Capotesta House
Biographical Notes 207
Photographic Captions and Credits 215
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