Place-making in Nicaragua: Revisiting Managua’s Evolving Landscape

Authors: Craig Revels*, Central Washington University
Topics: Landscape, Cultural Geography, Latin America
Keywords: Managua, landscape change, Nicaragua, Central America
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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As the capital city of Nicaragua, Managua has occupied a distinctive place in the national consciousness, particularly in the wake of the devastating earthquake that fractured the city in late December 1973. Previous research has explored the trajectory of landscape change in the former city center, where most of the damage was concentrated, from corruption and mismanagement in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake through the tumultuous years of revolution and war, irrevocably altering the material landscape of the city’s historic core. Through layers of political, social, and economic change, this formerly vibrant place maintained a symbolic role as the heart of the modern capital and Nicaragua itself. In particular, efforts to remake the city created a contested landscape where competing visions of Nicaragua’s past, present, and future were projected, manipulated, and maintained over the four decades following the earthquake. This research revisits this process, building upon previous observations to explore more recent events that continue to shape the material landscape of the contemporary city.

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