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Revista de Arquitectura (Bogotá)

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IGLESIAS-GARCIA, Verónica. The campus of the Universidad del Valle: a laboratory of modern landscape design in Colombia. Rev. Arquit. (Bogotá) [online]. 2022, vol.24, n.2, pp.126-138.  Epub Nov 27, 2022. ISSN 1657-0308.

Since the mid-1950s, Lyda Caldas was a pioneer in the teaching and professional practice of landscape design in Colombia. The landscape design for the Meléndez campus of the Universidad del Valle, in Cali, Colombia (1966-1968), is her most outstanding work, both for the scope of the project and for the possibility she had to carry out her vision of the discipline. A characterization and assessment of the design strategies in the campus were made through a qualitative type of research; also, through a methodological process that included the collection of planimetric, photographic, testimonial and documentary information associated with the original designs. The Meléndez campus project shows the influence of the conceptual and disciplinary contributions of modern landscape design, expressed by Trieb (1992), as well as the development of its own language, derived from an adaptation to the natural and cultural conditions of the site.

Keywords : landscape architecture; landscaping; open space; university center; urban landscape.

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