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The architectural composition of the Industrial and Bella Vista worker neighbourhoods in Monterrey, N.L., From 1890 to 1940

Author: Diana Carolina Nava Ramírez

The aims of this research are to showcase and restore the Industrial and Bella Vista  worker neighbourhoods in Monterrey. These neighbourhoods are representative of industrial developments in Mexico and in the city of Monterrey between 1890 and 1940.

The general goal will be to catalogue the existence of these neighbourhoods, so as to provide them with new uses and thereby give their history back to society, through the rediscovery of industrial heritage.

Although this represented an era of great national development, national industrial heritage is a neglected architectural asset in danger of disappearing, because of the continuous transformation that results from the constant pursuit of modernity and the adaptation of the spaces in accordance with users’ lifestyles.

An analysis of the context of the city, and of its urban formation drawn from plans, provided the basis to determine the site, extent and distribution of worker districts in Monterey. Meanwhile, surveys uncovered the characteristics of the housing and successfully determined the manner in which the working class of Monterrey were congregated.

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The presentation made at the International Congress on Worker Settlements and Factory Towns held in October 2018 may be found here