Recent exhibitions, catalogs and books on Latin America modern architecture and cities have revived the region’s presence in contemporary international debates, corroborating its importance and breadth. A hybrid cultural and human landscape, Latin American art, culture and architecture have deep roots branching across the continents, from Asia to Africa, and certainly from Europe. The connecting ties between Europe and the Americas are undoubtedly of great relevance, and have been considered by scholars and researchers from both continents, establishing a dynamic corpus of academic debates.
This group’s aim is both to strengthen existing as well as to establish new debates among Latin American and European scholars about cross-continental exchanges from the 16th century to today. A significant part of the historical debates in Latin America has considered the European presence in the new world. Subjects of great importance such as the affinities between European and Latin American architecture and urban development since the 16th century are a traditional field of studies on both sides of the Atlantic. The displacement of European-born professionals to Latin America since the mid-nineteenth century is another important research field of common interest together with considerations of cross transfers of modern architecture ideals and examples. The effects of exiles and migrating architects settled in the region have helped to catalyze significant changes in the local architectural culture. Other possible connections may be added to this already complex network of research interchanges between Europe and Latin America.
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Ruth Verde Zein
Mackenzie University, São Paulo