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Biblioteca España- Medellin’s mountain top library.

Biblioteca España- Medellin’s mountain top library.

Adorning Medellin’s mountain top, standing tall- is the Biblioteca España. The Biblioteca, with its’ Cubist characteristics, creates a stark, austere yet imposing presence. It has become a symbol of change and an icon of pride for its people. Looking down on an impoverished neighborhood Santo Domingo Savio, Biblioteca España, serves not only as a library, but a place where the community (with a special emphasis on the children) can take advantage of many programs, resources, and a place of respite. The metro-cable (gondola lift system) has provided easy mobility for the community and catalysed a movement of tourism.

It is hard to measure how the presence of the Biblioteca will affect social change, but we can hope that the mission of the government-“to give opportunity to the less fortunate” and the detail of the architect ( Giancarlo Manzatti) to create an insular space where the community can “forget their immediate surroundings,” is a pathway for real mobility.

One thing can be said for this development, urbanism and architecture can live together in harmony.

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Colombia, Medellin, giant letters at Parque Explora

 

 

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South America, Colombia, Medellin

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South America, Colombia, Medellin

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March 6, 2013 by eStock Travel

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