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Summer 2014 Montevideo

Course #:ARCH382
Travel Credit
Topics in Arch.
Topics in Arch.
Faculty:Federico Garcia-Lammers 

This Topics in Architecture seminar will explore and study the urban morphology of coastal cities. This exploration will be done through living and studying in the capital of Uruguay, the port city of Montevideo. The focus of this study will consist of engaging the historical, political and urban conditions that frame the architectural context of Montevideo.

As the southern most capital of the American continent, Montevideo is intrinsically tied to El Rio de la Plata. This relationship to water has shaped and molded the city and its architecture. Montevideo's growth and urban transformations have been shaped by its colonial past and modernist heritage. These transformations are evident in the built environment through the relationship among, history, politics and architectural building technology. The primary method of studying building technology and material practices will consist of analyzing and visiting the work of engineer Eladio Dieste. Students will begin their study at the Old City Gates (Ciudadela) and trace the history and architecture of Montevideo through reading, writing, drawing and photographing.