After leaving Pittsburgh on a beautiful Saturday morning, our flight was unfortunately delayed several times. However, when we finally got off the ground in Atlanta around 12:30 am, I fell into a deep sleep, and had little worries about the plane ride to the Buenos Aires airport. Upon arrival we were greeted by our lovely CAPA host, Mariela Díaz. Throughout the day she accompanied our group to the hotel, gave us a quick information session, and took us out for lunch and dinner.
During the afternoon bus ride into the inner city of Buenos Aires, I noticed that many of the buildings were not in mint condition. Some of these buildings had cracks scaling the sides from top to bottom, rust stains running down from windows, or clearly additions to buildings were constantly being added through various different construction techniques. While studying these buildings I noticed how most if not all of these unhomely monsters were actually the small living spaces of the millions of residents that call Buenos Aires “home.”
Although these buildings were not the prettiest on the outside, many of the street side stores flashed beautiful setups for interior design and home renovations, or had lobbies made from marble and glass. Many of the city’s streets are nicely paved and have very functional crosswalks and public transportation signs. I was a little set back by the change from the outside façade of the buildings I observed from the bus windows, to the actual intentional details put in place throughout the city streets. I can only guess that the city as a whole has been attempting to modernize, but because of a lack in funding, the city can not change the outlook of its building structure and only its interior lifestyle.
Although not all the streets and buildings have the same exact aesthetic or style, many of the city streets have a very specific european vibe. Whoever the architects were for the city must have been greatly influenced by european building structures such as, small balconies, or how the roofs of many buildings are shaped and constructed. After viewing these things, I’ve become curious with the overall development of Buenos Aires, and look forward to noticing other structural things about the city.