Apuntes: Revista de Estudios sobre Patrimonio Cultural - Journal of Cultural Heritage Studies
Print version ISSN 1657-9763
COSS LANZ, Aguedita. Historical review of the landscaping of Caracas University campus, global commons. Apuntes [online]. 2009, vol.22, n.2, pp. 156-171. ISSN 1657-9763.
One of the fundamental studies to carry out a comprehensive approach of management of heritage green areas is its historical review. It lets us know how they were conceived, designed and developed over time. This paper will be devoted to study the landscaping of Caracas University Campus, in the original project of Carlos Raúl Villanueva, with the purpose of building a sustainable approach to the management of these outdoor areas. The paper is based on the guidelines of the Environmental Approach and the use of hermeneutical tools that offer us the opportunity to study and interpret comprehensively the outdoor areas of Caracas University Campus. Texts written and lectures given by Carlos Raúl Villanueva were researched, as well as his insights on cities and nature. Charts, photographic records and interviews to key people involved in the process of designing the campus were also reviewed. The results of this research confirm the landscape guidelines of Carlos Raúl Villanueva, with the finding of some of his hitherto unknown plans. As a result of this work, the comprehensive management of Caracas University Campus landscaping is reinforced; this allows to make the current adaptations based on the project designed by Carlos Raúl Villanueva at the middle of the twentieth century.
Keywords : University Campuses; Landscape Design; Global Commons.