QUITO 20th & 21st centuries Andean Modernity, Modernization, and Modernisms

This lecture looks at twentieth-century and contemporary Quito: the processes of modernization that have shaped the city, and ongoing presence of different temporalities and cultural processes in its built environment. It is broken up in four parts: Andean Modernity, Institutions, Oil and Concrete, and Regionalisms and globalizations. Continuing with our global understanding of the city, we consider the built environment of Quito as the result of tensions between a range of forces operating at different scales. The lecture argues that the architecture and urban layout of Quito is the result of transnational networks of power, capital, and culture as they interacted with local resources, traditions, and topography of the city.

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