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Old September 26th, 2015, 03:25 AM   #1
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Guadalajara identity loss (lost architectural heritage)

I´m opnening this thread due i was born in one of the most beatiful and dinamic cities in Latin America: Guadalajara, Jalisco, México a city that i love so much.

The title i place in this thread was based on the title of a book that tells and shows photos from lots of buildings an public spaces that were destroyed during the second half of the past century...

I was so amazed to see what beautiful city it was in the past, i had no idea that the city was so big and complete; i always though it was never that important, and if there are beautiful classical buildings and houses within "modern" simple buildings was due the city was never complete and those spaces were just filled with the architecture that was current at that time (how wrong i was)... But by watching old photos it was almost impossible to recognize those streets filled with beautiful neo-classical buildings.

So i kept looking for more information and photos, and realize that what they done to the city was a total crime... an architectural and urbanistical crime...

The city was so destroyed that it is almost imposible to find a square complete with those old buildings, intead we have now, horrible simple boxes with no soul... But that is not the most sad thing; we also lost part of our history and heritage.

I will show you some of the thing we lost random, just to give you a rapid idea... after that i will explain and show every construction with more info, as well as my personal plan to repair that crime.










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It's tragic what modern architecture has done to so many of our cities. If only we could build and design like this today.
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It's tragic what modern architecture has done to many of our cities. If only we could build and design like this today.
Yes, it seems to be a trend at that time, cities around the world started destroying their architectural heritage to built instead simple, cheap architecture. Here in Mexico though this must be the only city that suffer this type of destruction; Mexico city lost as well lot of architecture, but due the earthquake and obviusly they destroy as well great examples of classic architecture, but here they destroyed not only buildings alone, but entire streets, parks, etc...

Also this city had from its fundation a strong spañish and european identity due its was founded by europeans in a place where there were not pre-hispanic settling. But after revolution european culture was rejected as well as its architecture, wich is very stupid because all our system is a western based system.

Also lots of indiands from all over the country started migrating to cities and they become more mixed and that antieuropean sentiment became stronger so they didnt care for classic architecture due reminds the diference in the way of life between europeans and indians.

Once this city was so classy.









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Cant see any of the pics, could you reupload them ?
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Cant see any of the pics, could you reupload them ?
I do see them, i don´t know why you cant.

If someone else is having the same issue with the photos, let me know.
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The more pictures you post, the sadder it makes me.

Why is it that, despite the fact humanity has advanced in so many ways, we have gone backwards in terms of architecture?
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