Architecture meaning by expressing the cultrual spirit of a place: "Distrito chami"
Velazquez, Luis A.
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Architecture can capture meaning by expressing the cultural spirit of the place. Architecture could be defined by the endless influences of its context, but in order to have meaning, it has to capture the heart or "spirit" of the place. As Norberg-Schulz said: "The place represents architecture's share in truth. The place is the concrete manifestation of man's dwelling, and his identity depends on his belonging to places."' Some characteristics that define a place go beyond the simple definition of location. A place is created when people's perceptions are involved. Furthermore, the spirit of a place is created when it has an identity, and e\okes feelings and emotions. Architecture can help create an environment that one can see, feel and taste, and can create a place that people identify as their own. This place may become a cultural/entertainment district. Here people can interact through a series of activities that enhance the community's cuhural values. The district consists of a series of 4 main facilities in a small scale: gallery, int./ext. theater, eating/cafe units, and exhibit/market shops. The district may give house to such activities that focus to some of Mexico's and Juarez' cultural strengths, such as Arts, Crafts, Theater, Food, and good old Entertainment. The district may be located at the Chamizal Park in CD. Juarez Mex. The park is located right at the border between Juarez and El Paso. This opens opportunities for the district to show visitors a place that emphasizes the strong cultural values of Mexico. The district can ako provide the city with a landmark (icon) that reinforces Juarez' identity, and which is recognized by all Mexicans, and that can also be enjoyed by everyone. The park is currently used for family gatherings, and the district shall continue this concept, for its purpose could be directed to the commimity in general, after all, the spirit of this place begins there.