1st Edition

Adaptive Reuse in Latin America Cultural Identity, Values and Memory

Edited By José Bernardi Copyright 2024
    268 Pages 51 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book seeks to explore the theoretical and architectural connections between memory, values, cultural identity, and adaptive reuse in Latin America. It does so by critically analyzing ideas and works within the context from where they emerge.

    With rich and layered historic centers, a wealth of colonial and 19th-century buildings, and the heritage from the modern era, Latin America offers a unique architectural patrimony and its contribution and impact on contemporary culture and architecture still require critical study and discussion. The chapters of this timely book consider the conflicted relationship between colonialism, native cultures, and immigration. It also explores the connections between modern projects and national identity, and contemporary interventions serving the needs of diverse societies while being cultural receptacles of memory. While most books on adaptive reuse focus on the larger general concepts, different technical approaches, and case studies, this book will contribute to the study of adaptive reuse moving away from Europe and North America, focusing instead on cases in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador, and Peru.

    This book is an important resource for researchers and students in the area of architecture, cultural, global, and design studies, heritage, geography, sociology, and history.

    Introduction: expanding and diversifying the field of adaptive reuse
    José Bernardi

    Topic I Whose memories, whose values? The search for identity

    1.     Whose memories, whose values?  Reflecting on the spatial history of the Americas 
    Fernando Luiz Lara

    2.     Open Work as a seed for change in adaptive reuse
    Ana Etkin

    3.     Essential documentation: Lucio Costa and the modernist missionary
    Catherine Seavitt Nordenson

    4.     From modernization to a strategy of community building
    Mónica Bertolino


    Topic II The Brazilian experience: other modernities


    5.     Modern housing estates field notes: a meaning for dwelling and sustainability

    Ana Paula Koury


    6.     Preservation and rehabilitation in Brazil: some of São Paulo's cases as a starting point

    Marta Silveira Peixoto  


    7.     Adaptive reuse in Brazil: lessons from Lina Bo Bardi

    Isabella Leite Trindade and Ana Luisa Rolim


    8.     Resilient spaces: modern and historic legacy in Brazilian built heritage

    Cláudia Costa Cabral


    Topic III Perpetual transformations: adaptive reuse in Mexico City

    9.     The President demolishes, the President buidls: Iconoclasm and architectural space in mid-century Mexico

    Cristóbal Jácome-Moreno


    10.  Exhibiting contemporary art in a colonial context at the Ex Teresa Arte Actual in Mexico City

    Derek S. Burdette


    11.  Of ruins and ruination: Infrastructures against the Anthropocene

    Christopher T. Morehart


    Topic IV Places of defiance and resilience


    12.  How body memory “actualizes” to the architectural heritage: the Latin American dwelling as the new public space

    Diana Maldonado


    13.  Hidden landscapes of palimpsestic urban memories: the case of Lima/Peru

    Kathrin Golda-Pongratz


    14.  Reversing neo-plantations: from Guayusa monocultures to chakras and managed forests in Mushullakta

    Ana Maria Durán Calisto


    15.  Matachín codex complex

    Cristóbal Martínez


    José Bernardi is associate professor in The Design School at The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. His work is focused on modern and contemporary design and architecture in Latin America.