Track 3: For Power or For Passage: Re-envisioning Historic Industrial and Transportation Infrastructure
Railroad, invisible patrimony. Cultural territories in colombia-south america
Wednesday, September 26
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
The railroad system in Colombia, was born as a dream of independence and progress pictured by Bolivar´s and Santander´s ideals, with the intentions of get into the county the same communication level that could be seen in Europe. Between 1850 and 1878, the first railways were built in Panama, Buenaventura, Barranquilla and Puerto Wilches, between 1880 and 1936 railways were built in Antioquia, Pacifico, Central, Santander and Magdalena, and in 1956 five railroad administrative divisions were created. Traces of these administrative structures, buildings, elements and architecture expressions, which were a huge part of the regional identity, have survived since the railroad system failed in the nineties and now they are subject of a constant risk due to the ignorance, abandonment, vulnerability and lost of the values, components and characteristics of what it once was a productive and prosperous system, that branded a past age of one of the biggest bonanza of the country.
By defining a railroad territory, a great part of the country can be acknowledged, in which humane organizations with political, economic and commercial components, were stablished and giving the different regions characteristics between the specialized and ordinary which, altogether with unmaterial manifestations have made possible the construction of identities still unknown and available for exploration.
The railroad terminals, railroad stations, and complementary elements (factories, warehouses, hospitals, schools, neighborhoods, houses and camps), the infrastructure and different civilian buildings product of non-urban contexts and functional elements (bridges, viaducts and civilian art buildings) and the ones determining complementary elements (artifacts, utility assets or art) would appear evident to our eyes but they are truly invisible and yet to be discovered, reviewed and acknowledged as a part of our cultural patrimony.
Document information about 3.872 km railroad, 16 departments, 44 municipalities, 429 stations, and 6.500 associated assets, along with the associated cultural patrimony thematic, was a field investigation job, unique in the country, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of Colombia, reason why it is considered worthy of been socialized, of a position in history and get the acknowledgement of the details that marked the life of men and women who participated in an active and joint manner in urban and rural regions. Although the abrupt cease of activities of the railroad system, it denies going into the dark, forgotten in the past, because as a social and special unit, its elements make part of the Colombian territory identity.
- SOCIALIZE A RESEARCH WORK THAT REQUIRED PLANNING, ANALYSIS AND RIGOR IN THE PROCESS, TO COMMUNICATE THE EXPERIENCE TO ALLOW THE UNDERSTANDING ON AN EXTINCTIVE SYSTEM
- position in history of colombian and world, railroad, invisible patrimony.
- nformation of the railroad cultural territories in colombia
- communicate which railway elements are part of the identity of the Colombian territory.