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In the present-day city, both the architecture and the quality of its urban spaces are key issues for defining urban strategies that are aimed at improving the livability in the city, in its new metropolitan state. Given the inevitability of the changes that the city itself demonstrates, implicitly and explicitly, a return to the center, to the places with relationship between men and things and with humanized space, offers a possible solution.
In this light, the Tequemada-Bavaria complex (1950-1982) within the International Center of Bogotá is a Center that reveals a series of urban values that many be used as reference points in the challenge of building a polycentric city and in the configuration of livable urban spaces. By analyzing different views since the origins of the city, we can appreciate the consolidation of a project based on the values of territorial and urban “mediation”, wich are able to assemble rather than disperse, to integrate rather than segregate, invite rather than repel,and open up rather than close in.
CitationMayorga, M.; Fontana, M. Returning to center: two views of the Centro Internacional of Bogotá (1959-1982). "DoCoMoMo journal", 01 Agost 2011, vol. Modern and Sustainable, núm. 44, p. 71-76.
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