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Architecture Design and Building in Peru

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POSTCARD FROM PERU

Dear ArchitectureWeek,

On my round-the-world bicycle tour, I cycled through the Andes, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and deep valleys, where I found some great examples of Peruvian vernacular. Latin American design is strongly influenced by centuries of Spanish rule. The street-and-plaza urban language was imported from Europe, and with subtle modifications, it provides the predominant urban landscape here. — Published 2004.0211

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ADOBE THAT SURVIVES EARTHQUAKES

When an earthquake measuring 8.1 on the Richter Scale rocked the Andean region for over a minute in June, 2001, the southern Peruvian mountain town of Moquegua was literally shaken to pieces. But amid the rubble, three traditional adobe houses were left intact. — Published 2001.0808

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MACHU PICCHU STILL ROCK-SOLID

Machu Picchu, the gem of Peru's Inca heritage, a huge sacred city nestling between two mountain peaks 8400 feet (2,550 meters) up in the Andes, has taken its knocks in recent years.

Enthusiastic Peruvian archeologists have tampered with some of the five centuries-old temples in the name of "restoration" and a 1,000-pound (450-kilogram) crane was dropped on a sacred sundial during the filming of a beer commercial, causing some damage. — Published 2001.0711

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