Adaptive Buenos Aires. Architecture between diversity and demand of modernity


  • Francesco Casalbordino 'Federico II' University of Napoli



Buenos Aires, globalization, place, global city, transformation


In the 21st century, the processes linked to globalization bring significant changes to the way humans inhabit places influencing architectural design. The following essay presents the city of Buenos Aires as an example of Resilience towards cultural diversity and the demand for modernity proper to a global city. Three particular architectural phenomena can be identified – the rascacielo, the villa miseria and the chorizo house – architectures and spaces of the city capable of responding, more or less positively, to the changes brought by the new condition of global culture.


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Author Biography

Francesco Casalbordino, 'Federico II' University of Napoli

Architect, he is a PhD Student at the Department of Architecture. The object of his research is the relationship between architecture and globalization in the city of Buenos Aires.


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Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires (credit: AGATHÒN 06 | 2019




How to Cite

Casalbordino, F. (2019) “Adaptive Buenos Aires. Architecture between diversity and demand of modernity”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 6(online), pp. 66–79. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/672019.



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