UST features Spanish architect in lecture on Hispanic built heritage in Africa

8:30 am | Monday, October 20th, 2014


PLACIDO Gonzalez Martinez

PLACIDO Gonzalez Martinez

The University of Santo Tomas Graduate School and Archivo de la Universidad de Santo Tomas (UST Archives) will present Spanish architect, architecture historian and urban planner Placido Gonzalez Martinez in a lecture on Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. at Rm. 404 of the UST Graduate School, Thomas Aquinas Research Complex, UST campus.


The lecture is in cooperation with the UST College of Fine Arts and Design, UST College of Architecture, and UST Center for the Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics.


Martinez’s lecture is entitled “Spanish Colonial Urban Heritage in Africa: Typologies for Mass Housing.”


GRAN Teatro Cervantes, 1913, Tangier, Morocco

GRAN Teatro Cervantes, 1913, Tangier, Morocco

Gonzalez is a “doctor architect” at the Universidad de Sevilla, Spain. He is part of a research team studying the Spanish urban colonial heritage in former Spanish territories in Africa: Morocco (including Tetuan), Western Sahara, Equatorial Guinea and Sidi Ifni.


This part of Hispanic heritage is often overlooked. The research looks into the planning of communities, including mass housing in the African territories. The research considers ethnographic conditions of the area with contemporary international architectural trends in the last part of the 19th and early part of the 20th centuries.


The team is open to research links with the Philippines. This season, Gonzalez is taking advantage of his being a visiting professor at Tongji University, Shanghai to come to the Philippines.


The UST presentation will be in English.

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