Lecture 4. Slides

Lecture Abstract: In the recent context of globalization, in Latin America many architectural complexes emerged, which were conceived for spreading the Islamic culture. They are based on prismatic volumes with a decorative incorporation of traditional Islamic shapes, like arcs, domes and minarets. Because their monumental scale and privileged locations, these buildings have a significant urban impact in our cities, reinforced by their singular shapes that combines horseshoe arches with Turkish or Persian inspired domes and Syrian or Indian minarets, conforming to a globalized Arab style. Also, in this global context, some Latin American architects, project buildings in Islamic countries linking again the region with the Islamic World. In a different way, from the 50´s, many Latin American architects involved in Critical Regionalism, explored the colonial period connecting their works indirectly to the Islamic World. A common denominator of these authors has been the revaluation of the local traditional shapes and design criteria. But, as we mentioned, many of these were originated in continuities of Hispano-Arab culture. Nowadays, some Latin American architects continue exploring issues that connect with the Islamic World, like brick lattices and geometry patterns. Units of Lecture 4 1. “International” Mosques / Globalized Arab Style 2. Latin American architects works in the Islamic World 3. Mudejar component of Latin American Regionalism 4. Islamic links in Latin American Contemporary Architecture

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