Goethe said that "architecture is frozen music," but in Caracas it is more accurate to say that architecture is frozen politics. Each section of this fragmented society has its own set of values that are reflected in the disparate morphologies of the city.
Developed in an unplanned building process and without architects, the barrios have become a myriad of overlapping small cities within the larger urban fabric.
Caracas's modern treasures are all but forgotten.
The fragmented city of Caracas resists the conventional European and American urban plan.
Caracas wrestles with the politics of limited infrastructure.
The life of the individual is paradoxically better than ever before, despite treacherous living conditions.
Torn between two cultures and two different physical surroundings, Carlos Raúl Villanueva had a vision of integration and synthesis which he would seek for the rest of his life. By Silvia Hernández de Lasala
For Henry-Russell Hitchcock writing in 1955, Venezuela was rapidly becoming the newest area of architectural achievement in Latin America.
Poem by Gustavo Brillembourg from the book 'Song to the Mountain'