Seminario de Identidad Lagunera Walk Leader: IMPLAN Torreón & Visión Metrópoli

///Seminario de Identidad Lagunera Walk Leader: IMPLAN Torreón & Visión Metrópoli
Seminario de Identidad Lagunera Walk Leader: IMPLAN Torreón & Visión Metrópoli 2019-11-11T19:39:02+00:00

October 2019

City Organizer: Alejandra Martinez
Walk Leader: IMPLAN Torreon & Vision Metropoli
Text by: Alejandra Martinez
Photographs by: Bernardo Garcia

The second edition of Jane’s Walk Torreon turned out to be a pretty interesting walk-through, by following the city’s footsteps of history, culture, and identity.

This walk presented itself as the fourth session of a Metropolitan Identity Seminar organized by Consejo Visión Metrópoli and IMPLAN Torreón. Attendees were excited to keep learning about their past, in order to understand their present. Architects led the walk, but assistants were very eager to participate and enrich the experience by sharing thoughts and anecdotes.

Jane’s Walkers learned about the architectural styles found downtown; Rationalism, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Islamic and a mix of all of these; Eclecticism, throughout time and place, learning what was happening in the nation and the world, understanding the architectural why’s and how’s. Materials were an important part of the conversation, too. Identifying the diversity of the used resources as well as their aging.

“We shall analyze the void and its aftermath too.” Arch. Mauricio Rufino

Just as the walk continued its course, the meaning of “urban landscape” was discovered and re-signified. Urban landscape was later interpreted as antique palm trees and northern hills; hued sunsets, dusty and windy streets.

By the time assistants explored downtown’s antique underground water channel – which functions now-a-days as a secret museum-like passage – people were able to enjoy an exhibition of local architectural models made out of cardboard. People were interested in learning about the buildings that no longer exist, primarily, but they also really appreciated details and learning about specific architectural motives and movements.

Dialogue really opened up between assistants, about the city’s unplanned, sporadic growth and development. It came up as a collective concern. But, as attendees ended up with a critical city analysis, they came up with solutions to upfront them, too, concluding that talking about it would not make any difference, but working on projects and proposals would do.