Call for Papers: Latin American Architecture, 1870-1930. La Plata, 11-13 April 2019

The Beaux-Arts Model and the Academic Culture in Latin American Architecture, 1870-1930

The second half of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth century can be understood as the moment of growth and development of academic culture in the countries of Latin America, as part of a process closely linked to the globalization of the Beaux-Arts model. During this period, an important number of European professionals arrived in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay, as well as local architects and engineers were trained in relevant institutions of the “Old World” centers.  This interchange marks a profound change that not only implies professional knowledge but is also related to the appearance of technological, organizational, and institutional contributions that profoundly modify the ways of doing architecture. Therefore, it is not a univocal relation of reproduction, product of a forced cultural dependence hatched from the central metropolis, but a result of an intense and complex exchange between diverse realities. Ideas migrate and are transformed; knowledge is assembled and enriched to produce hybrids that cannot be reduced to the mere reproduction of European practices or models as might be supposed. From this perspective, the interest of this meeting will be to elucidate this complex process that defines the growth and consolidation of the architecture of our cities during this intense stage of transformation and modernization.

More information and the thematic areas of the conference can be accessed here.

Abstracts must be sent by 31 July 2018 to the official congress email: congresobeauxarts@gmail.com. (Scientific secretaries: Magalí Franchino, CONICET/ UNLP (Buenos Aires, Argentina). Andrés Avila Gómez, Université Paris 1 (Paris, Francia).

 

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