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Plaza Suipacha, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2012[open in full screen]  

 
 

I have to start with the word Suipacha. For me it sounded like a word with arab origin. Pasha is a high ranking Turkish official. Well this is not a case. Suipacha is a river in Bolivia where mayor victory over Spanish army happened in 1810, with a help of Argentinian volunteers. They were sent after successful establishment of the "first junta", resulted from the may 1810 revolution against Spanish rule. This battle was considered decisive in securing the future of the revolution.

  Space itself is wonderful little social space along Calle Suipacha, semi pedestrianized street [it is open for scooters, motorcycles, bicycles and padestrians – smart].

Mature trees are providing shade for restful space around equestrian monument of the another revolutionary figure manuel Dorrego. Another important square in Buenos Aires is named after him. We really liked this space where we rested after a long walk along pleasant Suipacha street. What we were looking for is another story. I think it is an interesting one. If you are curious than check it out here.

  Another characteristic of most of the intersections in BA is that corners of the buildings are cut of diagonally creating space expansion, very pleasant for pedestrian traffic. This interesting urban feature we first time noticed in Barcelona, Spain but nowhere else. Some times it is very creatively used as in this example just across from Plaza Suipacha.

 
           
   
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ceremonial
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