Imported and translated landscapes: Buenos Aires nineteenth-century waterfront parks

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    The study of urban and landscape history has recently questioned the peripheral condition of certain areas and re-examined them as valuable parts of an international network . In such a framework cities are not only recipients of foreign influences but active agents in their own urban transformations. Meanwhile, the regeneration of urban waterfronts appears increasingly in the spotlight globally , but the re-use of the waterfront as public space began more than a century ago.

    Buenos Aires is an example of a ‘peripheral’ city, in which waterfront parks at the end of the nineteenth century were the product of international influences combined with local conditions, needs and expertise. Buenos Aires developed a continuous increase and diversity of leisure waterfront space, making it different from most European or ‘central’ cities. This paper will analyse the process of translation of landscape design on Buenos Aires’ waterfront while outlining the significance of waterfront parks to the city and its growing urban population.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)258-276
    Number of pages19
    JournalStudies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes An International Quarterly
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2012


    • waterfront
    • landscape
    • Buenos Aires
    • nineteenth century
    • periphery

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
    • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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