Category: architecture

29
Sep
2011

tucumán: city center

Argentina, Tucumán, San Miguel de Tucumán

As we rode into San Miguel de Tucumán along Avenida Presidente Néstor Kirchner, Darío & I gave each other a suspicious look… it seemed like an urban planner’s nightmare.

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18
Jul
2011

buenos aires: visiting the casa rosada

Buenos Aires, Casa Rosada

Buenos Aires has its share of iconic buildings & ranking near the top of the list would be the Casa de Gobierno, more popularly known as the Casa Rosada. Let’s just say it: either you like pink or you don’t… not much room for middle ground.

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07
Jul
2011

portugal: cassiano branco

Portugal, Lisboa, Praça de Londres, Cassiano Branco, Português Suave

Biographical information is scant about Cassiano Branco, so an overview of his work will have to suffice. Drawings & plans have survived, but unfortunately there is very little documentation regarding Branco’s opinions, beliefs or interactions with other architects. Such a shame.

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27
Jun
2011

coimbra: portugal dos pequenitos

Portugal, Coimbra, Portugal dos Pequenitos, Cassiano Branco

Behind the recently restored Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha sits what most people consider to be a kids’ attraction. But this playground of miniature monuments, tiny houses & museum displays from around the world–Portugal dos Pequenitos–was designed to do a lot more than entertain children.

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29
May
2011

buenos aires: confitería del molino

Buenos Aires, Confitería del Molino, Francisco Gianotti

In the past ten years, Buenos Aires has come a long way in terms of preserving city heritage. New organizations have formed, especially on neighborhood level, keeping watch over the city’s buildings & blowing the whistle when sneaky developers try to destroy what makes BA so unique. That said, one particular building sums up everything wrong about the city’s attitude toward conservation: the Confitería del Molino.

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25
May
2011

repost: alejandro christophersen

Buenos Aires, Balvanera, Alejandro Christophersen, Santuario Nacional Santa Rosa de Lima

Since I’ve become such a fan of Buenos Aires architecture, I’m beginning a series of posts about our best architects to highlight those who have made BA such a joy to walk around. There’s no better place to start than the grandfather of all BA architects, Alejandro Christophersen.

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24
Apr
2011

buenos aires: churches

Buenos Aires, Monserrat, Iglesia de San Juan Bautista

Being Easter Sunday, what better time to write a survey about churches in Buenos Aires?

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27
Mar
2011
28
Feb
2011

buenos aires: estanislao pirovano, last word

While these posts are not a complete summary of his work in Buenos Aires, the distribution of buildings point out that Pirovano was favored by wealthy clients. Many unsigned or modified buildings likely remain hidden in plain sight. BA needs people to comb the streets, paying attention to detail. There’s no other way to catalog & document Buenos Aires in the 21st century.

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27
Feb
2011

buenos aires: estanislao pirovano, unbuilt

Buenos Aires, Estanislao Pirovano, Aquarium Monumental, 1935

In the course of researching the life & work of Estanislao Pirovano, one source mentioned the architect’s plans for an immense National Aquarium. Obtained from a December 1943 issue of the magazine “Pique“, small, fuzzy reproductions hint at what would have been a masterpiece: 120 meters long & 70 meters wide. Location: the Costanera exactly where the old swimming point was located. They mention the project received approval in 1935, but its 130 tanks were never built.

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