Category: buenos aires


buenos aires: architecture guide

In 2013, the following article appeared as a two-page spread in the Autumn/Winter edition of “Time Out: Buenos Aires”. When the editor first contacted me, the only thing running through my mind was “1400 words?!” :-) Somehow I managed to fit history, architectural styles, recommendations & current events in that limited space. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

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housing for the masses: master list

Housing for the Masses, Buenos Aires, housing projects

I can’t lie… I’m proud of this series of posts written in 2007 & 2008. While only the years from 1910 to 1950 are covered, researching & photographing housing projects in Buenos Aires became a passion. La Teja compiled more information in 2010, & I’m thrilled that they included projects up to the present. But I’m content with being first and making this info available in English ;-)

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argentina: british pathé

British Pathé logo

Perhaps because it’s Easter Weekend & everyone is otherwise occupied, but few people in my social network seem to have noticed that British Pathé uploaded 85,000 (!) clips of newsreel footage to YouTube. I honestly couldn’t believe it.

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business: 2013 review

Endless Mile

What’s that? No blog update in over a year about Endless Mile? Exactly where did the time go? Brief announcements are made regularly via Facebook, but this seems to be a better format to review all that’s happened in 2013… what a year!

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found: argentina travel posters

Argentina, travel poster, Aerolíneas Argentinas, routes

As a tour guide, I’m often interested in how destinations market themselves. How do cities or nations identify themselves to potential visitors? The golden age of travel may be long gone, but its memory persists in the guise of travel posters. Interestingly, Argentina portrayed itself as a nature destination & stressed the gaucho & beef… nothing about tango (at least in the posters I found) & only one hyping Buenos Aires. How times have changed.

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housing for the masses: barrio 17 de octubre, 1950

Buenos Aires, Barrio 17 de Octubre, 1950, Villa Pueyrredón

Like several other Perón era housing projects, a name change occurred after military leaders ousted the President. 17 October 1945 marked the birth of Perón’s political presence when workers marched on Plaza de Mayo, demanded he be released from jail & requested his nomination as President. Later consecrated as the Día de la Lealtad & made a national holiday, such a polemic moment in history could not survive the anti-Perón years which followed the coup.

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buenos aires: monumento a colón

Buenos Aires, Plaza Colón, Monumento a Cristóbal Colón

No denying it: I have a certain fondness for this piece of sculpture. Columbus was the subject of some of my first digital photos in 2002, he often wowed tourists when I began guiding locally ten years ago, & Plaza Colón was one of the few places my mom wanted to see during her first & only visit overseas (that’s a tiny her below!).

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buenos aires: collective memory 2

Centenario, Argentina

In an continuing effort to understand what makes Buenos Aires tick, I began investigating a few events that had a large historical impact yet are not represented or remembered in the collective consciousness. Once again, “The Collective Memory Reader” comes in handy.

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buenos aires: then & now

Buenos Aires, Obelisco, then & now

In a previous incarnation of this blog, I posted a series of then & now shots from around Buenos Aires… an interesting way to look at BA. All sorts of problems need to be overcome: different makes of cameras, different fields of view, & increased traffic/people. Some pics have years when known, but most do not. Enjoy the comparing the past & the present!

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buenos aires: collective memory

Buenos Aires, San Nicolás de Bari, 1939 demolition

When historians look back on Buenos Aires at the turn of the 21st century, one of the topics they will likely discuss is the unfortunate destruction of the city’s architectural heritage. Nothing seems to be able to stop it.

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