Worldwide Wednesday: Bolivian City Transformed by Spectacular Andean Design Elements

Steve turned me on to these outrageous brightly-colored buildings in El Alto, Bolivia, inspired by traditional Andean designs from Tiwanaku and other Incan elements.  These brilliantly colored casas exemplify the Bolivian architectural style started after the election of President Evo Morales Ayma, when the national pride became more important than ever. Appropriately, they are called cohetillos — “spaceships.”
The key architect behind these so-called cohetillos is Freddy Mamani Silvestre.
There are more than sixty buildings in the city designed by Silvestre, so he’s definitely in the same group with Oscar Niemeyer and Antoni Gaudí, who also changed (or defined) the look of a whole city.


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