Cities, Spaces and Architectures in Latin America


Transculturation: Cities, Spaces and Architectures in Latin America explores the critical potential inherent in the notion of “transculturation” in order to understand contemporary architectural practices and their cultural realities in Latin America. Despite its enormous theoretical potential and its importance within Latin American cultural theory, the term transculturation had never permeated into architectural debates. In fact, none of the main architectural theories produced in and about Latin America during the second half of the twentieth century engaged seriously with this notion as a way to analyze the complex social, cultural and political circumstances that affect the development of the continent’s cities, its urban spaces and its architectures. Therefore, this book demonstrates, for the first time, that the term transculturation is an invaluable tool in dismantling the essentialist, genealogical and hierarchical perspectives from which Latin American architectural practices have been viewed. Transculturation: Cities, Spaces and Architectures in Latin America introduces new readings and interpretations of the work of well-known architects, new analyses regarding the use of architectural materials and languages, new questions to do with minority architectures, gender and travel, and, from beginning to end, it engages with important political and theoretical debates that have rarely been broached within Latin American architectural circles.

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Felipe HERNÁNDEZ: Introduction: Transcultural Architectures in Latin America
Section One: Space, Place and Identity
Monika KAUP and Robert MUGERAUER: Reconfiguring the Caribbean’s Sense of Place: From Fixed Identity to Fluid Hybridity
Peter KELLETT: The Construction of Home in the Informal City
Jane RENDELL: From Austin, Texas to Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala and Back Again
Michael ASBURY: Changing Perceptions of National Identity in Brazilian Art and Modern Architecture
Section Two: Re-Viewing the City
Luis CARRANZA: Chopin to the Electric Chair!: The Mexican Avant-Garde and the Revolutionised City
Anny BROOKSBANK-JONES: Landscapes of Confusion: The Urban Imaginaries of Néstor García Canclini and Kevin Lynch
Helen THOMAS: Colonising the Land: Heimat and the Constructed Landscapes of Mexico’s Ciudad Universitaria (1943–1953)
Section Three: Theorising Architectures
Felipe HERNÁNDEZ: Translation Theory and Translational Architectures: Reading between History, Architecture and Cultural Theory
Adrian FORTY: Cement and Multiculturalism
Ricardo L. CASTRO: Syncretism, Wonder and Memory in the Work of Rogelio Salmona
Carlos Eduardo DIAS COMAS: Niemeyer’s Casino and the Misdeeds of Brazilian Architecture
Sandra VIVANCO: Trope of the Tropics: The Baroque in Modern Brazilian Architecture, 1940–1950
Mark MILLINGTON: Transculturation: Taking Stock