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A building

The University City of Caracas (Spanish: Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas) is the main Campus of the Central University of Venezuela. It was designed by the Venezuelan architect Carlos Raúl Villanueva and was declared aWorld Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. The Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas is considered a masterpiece of architecture and urban planning and is the only university campus designed by a single architect in the 20th century that has received such recognition by UNESCO.

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Recreational Area know as No Men Land

The Campus and buildings of the Universidad Central de Venezuela are considered to be Villanueva's masterwork. Built on the site of the old Hacienda Ibarra (which originally belonged to Simon Bolívar's family) and connected to the new city center around Plaza Venezuela, the project required a massive undertaking of both urban planning and architectural design. The administration of President Isaías Medina Angarita bought the Hacienda Ibarra in 1942 in order to give the University a larger location than the Saint Francis Covent, giving Villanueva a unique opportunity to apply his conscious integration of art and architecture on a grand scale. This vast urban complex of about 2 km² included a total of forty buildings and it became one of the most successful applications of Modern Architecture in Latin America. Villanueva worked closely with all the artists who contributed with their oeuvres and personally supervised the project for over 25 years until the late 1960's when his deteriorating health forced him to leave some buildings in the design stage.

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Panorama at one of the entrances

Arstists who contributed to the project

  • Jean Arp (Flag of France France)
  • André Bloc (Flag of FranceFrance)
  • Alexander Calder (Flag of the United StatesUSA)
  • Lam (Flag of CubaCuba)
  • Henri Laurens(Flag of FranceFrance)
  • Fernand Léger(Flag of FranceFrance)
  • Baltasar Lobo (Flag of Spain (1945 - 1977)Spain)
  • Antoine Pevsner (Flag of the Soviet UnionRussia)
  • Sophie Taeuber-Arp (Flag of SwitzerlandSwitzerland)
  • Víctor Vasarely (Hungary)
  • Miguel Arroyo (Flag of Venezuela 1930-2006Venezuela)
  • Armando Barrios (Flag of Venezuela 1930-2006Venezuela)
  • Omar Carreño (Flag of Venezuela 1930-2006Venezuela)
  • Carlos González Bogen (Flag of Venezuela 1930-2006Venezuela)
  • Pedro León Castro (Flag of Venezuela 1930-2006Venezuela)
  • Mateo Manaure (Flag of Venezuela 1930-2006Venezuela)
  • Francisco Narváez (Flag of Venezuela 1930-2006Venezuela)
  • Pascual Navarro (Flag of Venezuela 1930-2006Venezuela)
  • Alirio Oramas (Flag of Venezuela 1930-2006Venezuela)
  • Alejandro Otero (Flag of Venezuela 1930-2006Venezuela)
  • Héctor Poleo (Flag of Venezuela 1930-2006Venezuela)
  • Braulio Salazar (Flag of Venezuela 1930-2006Venezuela)
  • Jesús Soto (Flag of Venezuela 1930-2006Venezuela)
  • Víctor Valera (Flag of Venezuela 1930-2006Venezuela)
  • Oswaldo Vigas (Flag of Venezuela 1930-2006Venezuela)
  • Pedro Leon Zapata (Flag of Venezuela 1930-2006Venezuela)

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