(2005-05-20) Benavides, Juan Gabriel; Schumacher, Thomas L; Architecture; Digital Repository at the University of Maryland; University of Maryland (College Park, Md.)
The Conservatory is a historically significant cultural institution that gives the region of Tolima cultural identity and pride. The current physical setting of the school does not coincide with the stature of this organization.
Located on a site near the cliff of the downtown district of Ibagué, the capital of Tolima, the Conservatory has potential for a great view of adjacent topography. The site with my proposed development offers the following issues for consideration: the relationship of Ibagué's urban fabric to areas with steep topography and the architectural expression of an institution of lofty aspirations.
While creating a new edge, and providing the city with places to enjoy the view, the addition will complement existing buildings with installations well suited for the teaching of music, primary and secondary schools. Both Urban and architectural scales of design critically assess current development that is dilapidating Ibagué's urban quality.