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Riassunto: This book is a photographic essay on Buenos Aires which describes the city in which people lead their lives. The author tries to understand what makes this city unique and how it parallels other megacities. The work borrows heavily from urbanism and architecture and, to a lesser extent, from sociology and history.
The book’s chapters are Landscapes, Dwellings, Containers, Spaces, Flows, Nature and Suburbia. Clorindo Testa, an architect based in Buenos Aires, drew the foreword. Full Spanish and English text.
Dall'autore: This book was born in 1999. That year I was fortunate to travel on many occasions to Asia, where I got to know cities as varied as Hong Kong, Singapore and Manila. Overwhelmed, surprised and filled with admiration by what I discovered, I became interested in seeing Buenos Aires with new eyes. I wanted to describe my Buenos Aires, from the perspective of a city-dweller that uses the sidewalks, commutes by train every morning, goes to the park with the kids on weekends.
The book was born with a premise: that the city is beautiful and interesting. I confirmed both impressions and believe Buenos Aires is a great place to live in. It is much more than an European city on Río de la Plata, the classic description. In addition to its development during the "belle époque", that period between 1880 and 1930, Buenos Aires participated actively in the most significant urban processes of the XXth century: the "ville radieuse", American-style suburbanization, the recycling of harbors.
Traveling is a matter of attitude; of looking and perceiving as a traveler, of having a curious mind. I like a quote from René Magritte, the surrealist painter, who said, "There is a sensibility I refer to as the tourists' sensibility. They travel far looking for poetry, and the poetry they find is the familiar one. However, in the familiar one can discover the unknown poetry." This book tries to do the latter.
I enjoyed tremendously preparing this book. For two years I worked on it every single day--with no exception. Some days I just thought, others I read, wrote or took photos. I traveled a lot--on short trips, but trips nonetheless--and was immensely rewarded for all these efforts.
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