Argentina, the Awakening of the Province

Alberto Petrina 

Even the most concise analysis of current Argentinian architecture requires a look at its modern genetics, a good part of its conceptual formulation and technical development having its origins there. A mix of diverse but wisely integrated influences, our modern architecture generated a scenario that lasted from 1925 to 1960, reaching its peak in the thirties. Important both qualitatively and quantitatively, it was clearly centered in Buenos Aires – whose urban transformation into an international metropolis took place under its auspices –and in prominent cores of the country’s other main cities (Rosario, Córdoba, Mendoza, San Miguel de Tucumán, and La Plata). Its aesthetic eclecticism was a natural reflection of the deluge of immigrants, and the frequent movements were German Expressionism and Functionalism, French Nautical Style and New York Art Deco, all served by a solid academic scaffolding of Beaux-Arts lineage...

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