Gabriela Kumontoy [p.6] walks along the laderas to show how beneath the kitsch of some of El Alto’s largest and most ostentatious maisonettes lies an ecological cultural trend which strives for a suma qamaña approach to architecture, marrying grandeur with social and environ- mental sustainability. Having given you a perspective of Bolivia’s past and present, we’d like to invite you to shape our future issues by sharing your thoughts, article ideas and suggestions. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Joanna Kozlowska [p.10] gives us a tour of Bolivian books written about key points in the country’s history to show us why the fictional flavours and textures of history can give us more understanding than the facts.
Finally, Daniel Caplin [p.14] jigs us back into the present to explore the significance of the iconic indigenous flag, and examines whether the Wiphala is rooted in history or the popular imagination.
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01 Nov, 2011 | Robbie Macdonald
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01 Nov, 2011 | Gabriel Kumontoy
Bricks are being laid fast here in Bolivia. They are also being feasted upon. Just as fast by the Pachamama. Their interiors, contrary to their gaudy exteriors have bare-naked walls devoid of pr...
Turning the pages - Bolivian history in books
01 Nov, 2011 | Joanna Kozlowska
By all accounts, Franz Tamayo lives on. Where the founding father of Bolivian letters used to contemplate the snow-capped Illimani ('Two giants gaze upon each other', an anecdote would have him say),...