Here is something to see.
At the height of 4000 meters above sea level in the mountains of Bolivia lies the town of El Alto. Mostly ocher-red, it is full of thousands of low brick houses like matchboxes, whose unfinished and unpainted facades lined up along the dusty dirt roads. The landscape is so dull, monotonous and depressing that the locals began to revive him with a splash of color wherever possible. They began to make their homes, turning them into structures with strange shapes, more reminiscent of the dwellings of aliens, reports the Chronicle.info with reference for a Fresher.
At the head of this small-town architectural revolution — architect-taught Freddy Mamani Silvestre, whose pretentious buildings and flashy combinations of colors and strive to capture all of El Alto. These structures are called “chalets” — the word “Chalet” (chalet, big house) and “Chola”, the expressions that call the local Aymara Indians.
The city of El Alto was founded more than a hundred years ago and originally was a slum in the suburbs of the capital of Bolivia La Paz. But in recent years the suburbs have outgrown La Paz and became the second most populated city in the country after Santa Cruz. In addition, it is one of the highest situated cities in the world and the fastest growing city in South America.
The change began in 2005 with the coming to power of the current President of Bolivia, Evo Morales. The President comes from the Aymara people, and his election gave the representatives more confidence. He gave ethnic groups the Indians more political autonomy and supported their participation in commercial activities. Under the leadership of Morales in the last ten years, the number of citizens living below the poverty line decreased by one-third. By 2012, about 1.2 million Bolivians began to treat the middle class. The architecture of Freddy Mamani Silvestre — a symbol of newfound confidence and economic recovery.
Some members of the tribe Aymara so improved their position that they can afford to build your own Chalet. The house was designed and decorated by Freddy Mamani Silvestre, cost from 300 to 600 thousand dollars, and some even more expensive. Among the rich merchants of the tribe Aymara works of the architect are a symbol of high status.
Freddy Mamani Silvestre has managed to design sixty or seventy buildings in El Alto, and more than a dozen houses are under construction. The architect’s ambitious plans: he wants to design city squares, bus stops and the boulevards.
Though the critics criticized him for his bright colors and extravagant design, calling it kitsch, others compare it with the Case by Hundertwasser, new Zealand painter and architect of Austrian origin. Some people think that Mamani is able to do for El Alto that made Antonio Gaudi for Barcelona and Oscar Niemeyer for Brasilia, is to change the shape and aesthetics of the city.
The architect himself is full of confidence: “In 20 years half of the homes will be built here in my style.”