MONUMENTOS PARA LAS MASAS
Workshp at Facultad de Arquitectura, Urbanismo y Diseño de
la Universidad Nacional, San Juan, Argentina, Nov 26-29, 2007.
What sites in the city provoke strong emotions and opinions? What
narratives can be found beneath the surface of a contested, neglected
or much loved place? This workshop was an attempt to activating
old and new sites in the city by connecting the personal, historical,
and political narratives that accompany them.
The participnats in this workshop, mainly from the the Faculty of
Architecture, Urbanism and Design, were asked to choose sites and
objects in the city that they wanted to alter, replace or highlight
for different reasons. This way the city was mapped. The participants
guided us through many layers of official and unofficial stories
about the city, Argentina’s turbulent history and everyday
life. The debate sometimes went high and conflicting readings of
certain sites were revealed.
All the contribiution from San Juan can be viewed in our online
park (click on the images to read more about the individual images)
Some places attracted more attention than others and often the same
object was contributed twice, but for different reasons. For example
a small replica of the Statue of Liberty, that is said to have arrived
in San Juan by mistake in beginning of the 1900s. The real goal
should have been San Juan in Puerto Rico! What does it mean to have
this strong symbol of USA in the Freedome square of Pocito? Why
is it there?
Also the war monument to commemorate victims of the Malvinas/The
Falklands War in the 1980’s was debated. The architectural
shapes are surronded by army vehicles and weapons, which ended up
at the site because of prestige and competition between different
Apart from already existing monuments there were also several suggestion
of sites that should be declared monuments – a popular water
fountain for example, because of its everyday usage and importance
in San Juan’s hot climate.
Last we would like to mention Cesar Pelusa contribution –
a monument that had not yet been inaugurated at the time of the
workshop. It is a monument to Brave Leopoldo, governor in San Juan
assigned by the military dictatorship, situated in an important
place near the Civic Center.
”I choose this monument since I don’t want it to be
erected. It represents a lie for all the community, mainly to the
new generations that know little history.”
Thank you, all the participants at the
National University of San Juan, and thank you for
the warm welcoming. We had a great time!
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