The media outbreak for architect Elisabetta Andreoli and artist Ligia D'Andrea’s book "Andean Architecture of Bolivia", which focuses on the work of Freddy Mamani - ex-bricklayer turned engineer and constructor- has become the excuse to talk about everything else related to the highland country of Bolivia. Such as the shortcomings and luxuries of the rapid urban expansion dispersed in El Alto, the youngest city in Bolivia; the birth of a new Aymara bourgeoisie in the shadow of the white elites; and the birth of a contemporary architectural identity that bothers purists and makes Aymaras proud, but is rejected by local architecture schools. Below, you can find out more about this new type of architecture together with photos by Alfredo Zeballos. It was an achievement for everyone; one for Elisabetta and Ligia, another for Mamani. The presentation of the book "Andean Architecture of Bolivia: the work of Freddy Mamani Silvestre" at the National Museum of Art in La Paz last March, marked a moment where Elisabetta and Ligia had managed to take a new step in the serious documentation of Bolivian architecture, without stereotypes or it being disregarded as a tourist guide, such was the case with the first publication of Elisabetta: "Contemporary Bolivia" (2012). "There was not a single book that did not deal with landscape and tourism," says the Italian architect.
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