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Foreword Kenneth Frampton Acknowledgments. Introduction. Part 1: Singular Journeys 1. Lucio Costa's Luso-Brazilian Routes: Recalibrating "Center" and "Periphery" Gaia Piccarolo 2. "Corbusians" in Uruguay: A Contradictory Report Jorge Nudelman Blejwas 3. Mass Culture at Mid-Century: Architecture under a "New Humanism" Noemi Adagio Part 2: Techno-Cultural Assemblages 4. Pre-Columbian Skins, Developmentalist Souls: The Architect as Politician Luis Castaneda 5. Caracas's Cultural (Be)longings: Re-tracing the Troubled Trajectories of the Superbloque Experiment Viviana d'Auria 6. Monumentality and Resignification: The UNCTAD III Building in Chile Daniel Talesnik 7. A Panel's Tale: The Soviet I-464 System and the Politics of Assemblage Pedro Ignacio Alonso and Hugo Palmarola Sagredo 8. Argentina's cuestion capital: Founding a Modern Nation, 1850-1888 Claudia Shmidt 9. Modern Frontiers: Beyond Brasilia, the Amazon Paulo Tavares Part 3: Mediated Territories 10. Reflections of the "Colonial": Between Mexico and Californiano Cristina Lopez Uribe 11. Aviation, Electrification, and the Nation: Visions from Colombia and Chile Hugo Mondragon Lopez 12. Mario Pani's Hospitality: Latin America in Arquitectura/Mexico George F. Flaherty 13. Technics and Civilization: Felix Candela's Geopolitical Imaginary Maria Gonzalez Pendas Contributors. Image Credits. Index

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Patricio del Real holds a PhD in Architecture History and Theory from Columbia University. Helen Gyger holds a PhD in Architecture History and Theory from Columbia University.


"These thirteen essays and their accompanying illustrations contain an abundance of compelling details and interpretive insights, and cumulatively they signal a sophisticated architectural historiography that has the capacity to contribute to the broader political and social histories of Latin America." - Timothy Hyde, Harvard University, USA

"The book, Latin American Modern Architecture: Ambiguous Territories, edited by Patricio del Real and Helen Gyger is a thorough yet consciously fragmented compilation of writings that investigate Latin American cities and its architecture for what they are but also for what they were meant to be, in order to begin a much needed critical revision about the region." - Marcelo Lopez-Dinardi, Planning Perspectives, New York, USA

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