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Ciudad Jardín Lomas del Palomar: deriving ecocity design lessons from a garden city

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Ciudad Jardín Lomas del Palomar is a neighbourhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina, designed by the German immigrant Dr Erich Zeyen in 1944. Zeyen based Ciudad Jardín on Ebenezer Howard's garden city ideals and designs, which had gained a strong influence in Germany at that time in architecture and urban planning. Like garden city communities elsewhere, Ciudad Jardín was intended to create an urban environment suffused in ample public and private green spaces. This little-known South American garden city-inspired neighbourhood offers a unique learning opportunity about the role of social and political forces in historic preservation and planning, and about the value of urban planning based on green infrastructure as revealed by a society with comparatively little environmental awareness or historic preservation values. The article is based on original research carried out by the author in Argentina.
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Keywords: Ciudad Jardín Lomas del Palomar; ecocity; garden city Argentina

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Landscape Architecture and Department of City and Regional Planning,Cornell University, Ithaca,NY, USA

Publication date: 2012-04-01

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