The Southern Cone of the Americas, although geographically remote, had evolved in the 1920s and 1930s into a vital arena for architectural and urban ideas. For European visitors expecting a tabula rasa on which their visions and dreams could be explored, this proved to be a fiction when they encountered sophisticated local schemes and ambitions. This essay provides a look at the urban discourse in Buenos Aires and Rosario that coalesced around the presence of two international urbanists representing distinct positions: Le Corbusier and Werner Hegemann. Consideration is given to the cultural and social ambient. A historical overview of urban development and a discussion of the complex politics in the area are beyond the scope of this study.

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