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Thursday, 7 February 2013
Construyen réplica del HMS Beagle en Magallanes
Topic: Buildings & Bridges


 En el Sur de Sur America, el HMS Beagle, ..............


Construyen réplica del HMS Beagle en Magallanes Después de 45 días de trabajo, la réplica del bergantín HMS Beagle comienza a tomar forma junto al Estrecho de Magallanes, en Punta Arenas. Construido con maderas nativas, recrea el buque comandado por Robert Fitz Roy, en el que el naturalista británico Charles Darwin recorrió el mundo entre 1831 y 1836, viaje que incluyó la Patagonia y Tierra del Fuego. Es parte de un museo de sitio abierto al público que incluye una réplica de la nao Victoria, construida en 2011, nave en que Hernando de Magallanes descubrió el paso que lleva su nombre.



 Construyen réplica del HMS Beagle en Magallanes <b>Después de 45 días de trabajo</b>, la réplica del bergantín HMS Beagle comienza a tomar forma junto al Estrecho de Magallanes, en Punta Arenas. Construido con maderas nativas, recrea el buque comandado por Robert Fitz Roy, en el que el naturalista británico Charles Darwin recorrió el mundo entre 1831 y 1836, viaje que incluyó la Patagonia y Tierra del Fuego. Es parte de un museo de sitio abierto al público que incluye una réplica de la nao Victoria, construida en 2011, nave en que Hernando de Magallanes descubrió el paso que lleva su nombre.

Construyen réplica del HMS Beagle en Magallanes Después de 45 días de trabajo, la réplica del bergantín HMS Beagle comienza a tomar forma junto al Estrecho de Magallanes, en Punta Arenas. Construido con maderas nativas, recrea el buque comandado por Robert Fitz Roy, en el que el naturalista británico Charles Darwin recorrió el mundo entre 1831 y 1836, viaje que incluyó la Patagonia y Tierra del Fuego. Es parte de un museo de sitio abierto al público que incluye una réplica de la nao Victoria, construida en 2011, nave en que Hernando de Magallanes descubrió el paso que lleva su nombre.

Posted by bob frassinetti at 1:23 PM
Updated: Thursday, 7 February 2013 2:21 PM
Wednesday, 23 January 2008
Buenos Aires and Cultura
Topic: Buildings & Bridges
Idea solidaria
Con el apoyo de empresas privadas, los arquitectos Clorindo Testa y Jorge Mazzinghi construirán salas de lectura y usos múltiples elevadas sobre columnas, para no dañar a los precarios edificios existentes | Arquitectura | Miércoles 23 de enero de 2008

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Thursday, 25 May 2006
The Obelisk of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Topic: Buildings & Bridges
The Obelisk of Buenos Aires celebrates its 70th anniversary.

Just like Gardel, Maradona, dulce de leche, ball pens and colectivo buses, the Obelisk is Buenos Aires trademark.

Typical BA postcards feature it as the centerpiece in between Corrientes and 9 of July avenues. The last is the widest road in the world and yet another Argentine trademark.

This obelisk, alike those around the world –in Egypt, Washington, etc- are rationalistic monuments to modernity, tracing a continuous line throughout the evolution of the Western Civilization.

Inaugurated in 1936, this monument was built to commemorate the 4th centennial of the city of Buenos Aires foundation. And ever since it was built, regardless its detractors and enemies, the Buenos Aires obelisk has become the icon and centerpiece for every significant social celebration: from protests to political campaigns, to celebrate soccer championships.

Designed by the Tucuman Architect Alberto Prebisch for the Buenos Aires city governor Mariano Vedia y Mitre, the argentine obelisk was built in only 31 days. Siemens Bauunion was the contractor who carried on the construction.

The 221.46 feet tall monument raised a few eyebrows due to its immensity and hard lines. However, this monument is a celebration of our history; each of its four sides remembers one outstanding historical event of Buenos Aires. The first foundation of the city in 1536, the second and definitive in 1580, the first time the national flag was raised in Buenos Aires in 1812, and the constitution of Buenos Aires as the country’s capital city in 1880.

Some of the latest public events that had the obelisk as a main feature are:

- In 1989, the Black organization crew performed hanging from the trademark building featuring the air show: La Tirolesa Obelisco.

- In 1999, it became an immense altar and over 300,000 people attended a millennium mass.
- In 2002, Spencer Tunik portrayed 450 naked people around the obelisk.

Link to Photo Album The Obelisk Of Buenos Aires, Argentina
- On December 1st 2005, as part of the world’s Aids day, the city government covered the obelisk with a 220 feet pink condom.

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Saturday, 20 May 2006
Art Deco Empire State Building, Kavanagh Building & Lighthouses
Topic: Buildings & Bridges
Like London's Crystal Palace and the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Empire State Building represented in its time "what we were capable of," says Carol Willis, an architectural historian and founder-director of lower Manhattan's Skyscraper Museum.

Empire State Building, in central Manhattan, New York City, on Fifth Ave. between 33d St. and 34th St. It was designed by the firm of Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon and built in 1930–31. For many years its 102 stories (1,250 ft/381 m high) made it the tallest building in the world.

The trademark looking building is cemented in both New York and U.S. History. Built during the harsh and complicated years of the 1929 (and those years to follow) Great Depression, the building was a monument to modernity and to men’s unthought-of domain of nature. The construction began on March 17, 1930 and the building's steel frame rose at an average rate of four and a half floors per week.

William Lamb was the man chosen to design the Empire State Building. Featuring an epoch feel to an amazing extent, this Art Deco monument is an ode to the architectural trend that was being born back in the early days of the third decade of the 20th century.

The Art Deco style is characterized by symmetrical geometric patterns such as chevron, sunburst, and zigzag patterns. Commonly used materials include aluminum, stainless steel, lacquer, inlaid wood, sharkskin, and zebra-skin. The bold use of stepped forms and sweeping curves were the great innovation resulting of the blend between modernity and design, taking upon the essencials of geometry and lifting them into design heaven.

Argentina also features odes to modernity thru means of Art Deco design and style, which have become city trademarks alike the Empire State is to NYC. For starters, Kavanagh building in downtown BA, facing the gorgeous San Martin’s park has been a city icon since early 1930s when the daughter of a world magnate chose to develop a modern conception in the bursting capital of one of the world’s greatest barns. The architects that carried out this ambitious project were Gregorio Sanchez, Ernesto Lagos and Luis Maria de la Torre.

Buenos Airesartdealer_ar's Buenos Aires photoset

In 1936, the architects expressed their feelings about the new creation in one of Buenos Aires' most refined architectural magazines: Sanchez, Lagos and de la Torre said that the building was created from the outside in, adapting outstanding comfortable facilities to the space they had in order to create the masterpiece they were asked to design. The gradual surface reduction, a strategy these magnificent architects worked with in order to make the most of the city's construction limitations. Their choices resulted in a great use of space allowing the owners of those exquisite apartments to enjoy amazing terrace gardens in the height and in the heart of the city.

Lighthouses down in Argentinaartdealer_ar's Lighthouses down in Argentina photoset

Yet another example of Art Deco design and architecture is in the Argentine Yacht Club, located in the portside are in Southern Costanera Av and Viamonte St. this Yacht house is also a magnificent lighthouse looking building, with exquisite design trademarks. Conceived and carried on by the French Architect Eduard Le Monnier, this building was an early example of a trend that would soon conquer the world’s architecture and design. In 1917, Argentina was far away from the conflict line in the Old Continent and allowed her self to portray its magnificence and opulence thru its buildings.

Link to Photo Album Buenos Aires to Colonia, Uruguay

The Empire State Building, once the tallest building in the world and again the tallest in New York City, turned 75 years old this past Monday, May, 2006. There are yearlong celebrations going on in New York to homage the life and history of this breathtaking monument of modernity.

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Thursday, 25 August 2005
Bridges in the City of Buenos Aires
Topic: Buildings & Bridges

By 1900 Buenos Aires was one of the twelve world capitals with finest architecture. In terms of growing, Buenos Aires was the third most growing city behind Hamburg and Chicago.
Throughout these years the ever-growing sophisticated architecture aimed to symbolize the country’s prestige and greatness. Back then some of the finest particular and public palaces. For instance, the National mail Postal Office building was designed by the same French architect in charge of designing the New York Postal Office.
Architectural experts who have studied Buenos Aires buildings agree to describe the city’s architecture not as mere copies of the European designs, but a special and authentic view of world major trends that were brought to the Buenos Aires scene transgressing the Old continent’s hard and austere lines. This is a very special and unique feature, for most European architects working in BA projects “felt freer to innovate, adapt, adorn and leave their personal signature”.
The American Utopia in terms of architecture arrived to the new continent through two main port-side cities: New York and Buenos Aires.
From 1880 to 1930, the city of Buenos Aires went through a major makeover –unparalleled elsewhere-. The buildings and sculptured monuments, including public interest areas such as parks and avenues, included in the World’s patrimony list are over 200.
The main European style prevailing throughout those years was to be complemented during the early 20s with innovative styles such as Art nouveau and Art Deco, as well as an aesthetic highly influenced by the archeological discoveries from way back then: Tutankhamen’s tomb discovery and the later discovery of Inca, Mayan and Aztec archeological remains inspired much of the design work. Rectangles and pyramids, double and triple frames and Egyptian and Inca motifs are yet to be found and admired through several barrios that were growing back then, Flores, Caballito and Balvanera. While this cosmopolitan style developed some local architects had also created what they described as “a nationalist architecture” invoking a sort of national style linked to some Spaniard and colonial styles, and the new and modern Buenos Aires neo-River Plate Architecture.

See Picture Image Gallery of some interesting views of the City of Buenos Aires, Argentian:

Link to Photo Album Architecture, Buenos Aires. Argentina

The city’s functional architecture evolved with it’s economy. Early in the 1900, La Boca and Barracas were the city’s main working class neighborhoods, filled with joint houses known as conventillos. Very colorful constructions made out of inexpensive materials such as metal, wood. The 1940s and the increase in number of the portenan ( as the Buenos Aires City dwellers are known ) working class would bring to the architectonic scene mono-block serialized buildings specially around Saavedra, Chacabuco and Lugano.
The 1960s and 1970s were years of innovation in design and aesthetic linked to nature and prime materials revalued and exposed in all its basic and beautiful features. Organic and functionality is a duel that prevails in the constructions of those days.
From the 80s to our days, the eclectic feel of the city prevails, and ultra modern high buildings are this years main input. The late 90s and the new millennium, following a worldwide trend, express a return to some basic aesthetic, remodeling and recovering high quality constructions from demolition, in vintage modern buildings.

Interesting facts about Buenos Aires architecture: Casa Chorizo and Conventillos.
The Casa chorizo has it’s origin in Italy’s Roman Empire middle class construction, one story buildings with several inside patios connecting the many rooms. The Argentinean version is not so opulent, it has less rooms and patios, just the main living room, kitchen, bathroom and a couple of bedrooms all face the sole and main patio, that’s accessed through a narrow hall connecting it with the street. Further rooms are added when resources are higher than the media.
The Conventillos were the main lodging available to the immense immigrant flow from the early years of the Republic. These are communitarian like homes, were whole families lived in a room, shared a bathroom and a cooking area. Most of these conventillos were abandoned in 1871 because of a yellow fever epidemic. Later on the buildings were occupied again, in better conditions, but they were still shared houses.

La Boca bridges, an unmistakable pair

La Boca is a neighborhood of fantasy and beauty. Not just regular and plain beauty but local and exotic. Its streets come up to life through means of the colorful collection of houses, up and down high streets to avoid flooding and the unmistakable folk around the Sunday football matches, when the local team Boca Juniors awakes all sorts of passions.
Originally organized as a port side town, La Boca is located at the shore of the Riachuelo, a small river descending from the marvelous River Plate. Italian and Spanish immigrants were the first to populate this neighborhood and to set its unique character. Even when, back in the early days of the twentieth century two of the most beloved and hated football clubs were being born –Boca Juniors and River Plate- the port gave them their identity, for the traditional gold and blue from their T shirt was inspired in a ship’s flag arriving to the port at the very same moment a group of football lover friends were “giving birth” to Boca.
Among the many interesting features of La Boca, its bridges are a fantastic attraction. Rarely happens –anywhere- to find two bridges one side by side the other, and even less that both of them carry the same name. But we had to be in La Boca for something like this to happen.
For this is the last neighborhood in Buenos Aires city, it’s the joining point to the Grater Buenos Aires, aka Provincia de Buenos Aires.
Back in 1908 El Sur Railway Company began to build a monumental iron bridge to join the city and the province. Through means of it people could cross walking from one end to the other of the Riachuelo –before everybody crossed by boat- and also for heavy vehicles flow. On May 30th 1914, in front of a exited crowd the city’s authorities inaugurated the Nicolas Avellaneda -in honor of the Republic’s president through 1874-1880 -Transfer car.
But in 1940 the city’s government built another bridge, for the transit flow was increasingly growing. The new bridge would take over the transport car’s functions; and for the authorities didn’t want the name of the Republic’s president to go down with it, they christened the new bridge Nicolas Avellaneda too.
Only at La Boca, this enchanting location, one finds twin bridges with less than 200 meters apart one from the other, both named after the same ex president…a fantastic honor, no doubt about it.

See Picture Image Gallery of Bridges in the City of Buenos Aires:

Link to Photo Album Architecture Bridges in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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