In 1967 a poem entitled Amereida was published in Valparaíso. Texts, maps and poems belonging to various authors were compiled by Godofredo Iommi M. into this great volume that as hinted by its name, intends to be the American Aeneid . His intention was to give America a founding myth in an epic form under the assumption that, in the absence of traditional legends, the continent could not provide its inhabitants with a sense of destiny.
The fact that Amereida is an epic and not a lyrical poem is especially important for understanding the implication of the theoretic and poetic formula of the Travesías. The participants of such Travesía must ‘think epically’ because it is the only way to fearlessly set out on an endeavour of such vast dimensions and impossible goals. This form of poetry has been named ha lugar because it unites spatial and temporal dimensions and it implies to make place, being place. It is a poem that praises the extension of the American continent and gives reason and meaning to trades and their works. The poetic word points out the primal origin of the continent whereas architecture generates the Form, which is the intimate beginning of all work. The Travesías thus have their origin in this poetic ha lugar that awakens the profound essence of the American land and its territories: mountains and seascapes, plains and landscapes. The Travesías today are still crossing the continent based on these poetic coordinates.
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was born in Viña del Mar, Chile in 1970. He is an Architect from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso and he obtained a Ph.D from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid. He is currently professor at the School of Architecture and Design of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso and an active member of the Open City of Ritoque. He has focused his researches on architecture and its surroundings. In the framework of the workshops at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, and since the year 1988, he has made several voyages dedicated to the study and development of Travesías in South America.
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