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Buenos Aires Architecture: The Belle Époque Era with Juan Cruz Alterini

Buenos Aires Architecture: The Belle Époque Era with Juan Cruz Alterini


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Join Juan Cruz Alterini, a lecturer in the history of design, on a journey to Belle Epoque Buenos Aires to find out how a remote Spanish port city managed to become one of the most important cities in Latin America and discover the role that architecture played in defining this new and complex Argentine identity.

At the turn of the twentieth century, Argentina was positioned among the richest countries in the world and underwent great political, economic, and social changes that were reflected in a new architecture. This seminar will explore how large buildings, grand residences, lavish apartments, train stations, and other buildings became a way of expressing the new role that the country sought to play in the world. We will explore the buildings and their creators to unravel the narrative of Belle Epoque Buenos Aires and tell the larger story of Argentina’s development along the way.

Led by an expert on the history of design, Juan Cruz Alterini, this interactive seminar will explore the architecture of Buenos Aires during the Belle Epoque period. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, we will explore archival images, maps, testimonies, drawings, and design plans of the city of Buenos Aires from 1880 to 1930, using primary sources to show the evolution of architectural styles.

Juan Cruz Alterini has a university degree in design, and is completing another one in music. He has traveled through four continents and speaks as many languages. Currently, he teaches at the National University of Buenos Aires, and plays violin in the local youth symphonic orchestra. Juan has participated in research projects about the history of the first half of the XIX century in Argentina and has worked in two vastly different cultural institutions: the Colón opera house and a center of contemporary art. Juan's diverse experiences has given him the possibility of understanding both the urban evolution of the city and the idiosyncrasies of the nation, as well as its models of behavior and beauty, its expectations, and its fears.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Wonderful Mix of History and Architecture

Buenos Aires is called the Paris of Latin America so I was surprised to find out that it is a relatively young city. And that the Italian influence on the architecture is significant. The Beaux Artes buildings in the affluent part of town are enormous and imposing. Juan Cruz is an excellent lecturer and tied many important threads together using stunning visuals. It was a terrific seminar.

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Susan (Concord, US)
Wonderful talk about a fascinating period in B.A.'s History...Learned so much!!...Learnearned so ...

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A. (St Louis, US)
Wonderful Mix of History and Architecture

Buenos Aires is called the Paris of Latin America so I was surprised to find out that it is a relatively young city. And that the Italian influence on the architecture is significant. The Beaux Artes buildings in the affluent part of town are enormous and imposing. Juan Cruz is an excellent lecturer and tied many important threads together using stunning visuals. It was a terrific seminar.

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Susan (Concord, US)
Wonderful talk about a fascinating period in B.A.'s History...Learned so much!!...Learnearned so ...

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