Hispanic Architecture: A world of Creativity

Since I was little I enjoyed drawing and with time my t turned into a passion. I drew every chance I had, specially when I had school projects that needed images and visuals. However, it wasn’t until high school that I became involved in the art department. These were the best two years of my high school experience. To complement my art skills I took a few art history classes to learn about all the different art movements and civilizations that have, somehow, impacted the arts. This was when I was first exposed to architecture, the art that is a science. Now, not only do I love to draw but I have grown to love the arts, from sculpture, painting, and theater, to architecture.

If we go back in time and observe what is left of ancient Mesoamerica architecture, we can observe how magnificent these structures are. Mesoamerican civilizations relied on slab techniques and stone to build beautiful pyramids, tombs, and even ball-courts. Although Mesoamericans did not have advanced technology like we do now, they managed to build impeccable peaces of art and architecture like Chichen Itza or Teotihuacan. With the arrival of the Spanish in Mexico the art and architecture was influenced. Upon arrival, the Spanish situated a cathedral, Catedral Metropolitana de la Asunción de María, atop the former Aztec sacred precinct near the Templo Mayor. The Mexico City Cathedral, which was inspired from the Spanish Gothic cathedrals, was the start of change in the art and architecture in Mexico. With time Mexico continue to see different architectural styles such as Churrigueresque. Churrigueresque is a Spanish Baroque style of elaborate sculptural architectural ornament which emerged as a manner of stucco decoration in Spain. Churrigueresque is marked by extreme, expressive and florid decorative detailing, normally found above the entrance on the main facade of a building.

Now, Hispanics continue to thrive in architecture not only in Latin America but throughout the world. Cesar Pelli,  is an Argentine architect known for designing some of the world’s tallest buildings and other major urban landmarks. The Petrona Twin Towers, commercial offices, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia are probably the most well known structures by Pelli. The Petrona Twin Towers have a distinctive postmodern style that create a 21st century icon.This is one of the many amazing architectural structures designed by Hispanic architects. Without a doubt Hispanics have the potential and creativity to design great buildings not just to create something beautiful but to improve our living space.

During the past few years I have gained so much knowledge on ancient and modern art and architecture. During the past few years as I moved out of my parents and ventured to the outside world, I have also noticed that we Hispanics are often categorized as lazy and seen as subordinates. However, Hispanics are hard workers that thrive and step by step prosper in this unfamiliar country. Hispanics are a growing community in the United States and more of us go on to continue a higher education. Even though we are perceived as subordinates, we have much to offer.

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