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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 02:16 AM

Freddy Mamani's New Andean Architecture adds colour to Bolivian city

Dan Howarth | 7 February 2019

Bolivian architect Freddy Mamani is aiming to imbue culture, colour and personality into the "monochrome" city of El Alto, through buildings based on ancient local architecture and craft.

The architect has strived to slowly transform El Alto with his colourful architecture, as seen in these photographs currently on display at Fondation Cartier in Paris.

"In the last 18 years, my practice has been trying to introduce a colour to El Alto," said Mamani, speaking through a translator at The Met's A Year of Architecture in a Day symposium last month. "I have created what I call the New Andean Architecture in El Alto."

Located outside of the capital La Paz, about 13,000 feet (4,000 metres) above sea level, El Alto is one of the youngest cities in Bolivia but already its second most populous.


Please do yourself a favor and go to Google images and do a search for Freddy Mamani and Bolivia. He has been doing this for years, and after you've seen even one image you really look forward to all the others! What an architect! Totally original.

I couldn't wait for you to look up the buildings. I went and got the URL for Mamani buildings in Bolivia so you could go there faster:


Freddy Mamani!

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