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As part of the activities heading towards its centenary, the Panama Canal joined the Panama University (UP) to display nationwide, the exhibition “The Panama Canal and its Architectural Legacy (1905 – 1920)”, which reflects the impact of the waterway on the country.
“The Canal has made many contributions to the world and Panama in engineering, technology and culture. This exhibition is an example of these effects, and now with the support of the Panama University we are able to share with the country the Canal Centennial,” said the ACP administrator, Jorge Luis Quijano.
The exhibition includes historical photographs and information on the Canal’s contribution to architecture, urban development and landscape, since the time construction began. The exhibition was inaugurated in the Faculty of Architecture at the central campus of the UP, the first stop in a national tour of Panama.
The show was open to the public, free of charge, at the Faculty of Architecture up until October 26. It is now touring the regional centers of the UP in Bocas del Toro, Chiriquí, Veraguas, Los Santos, Herrera, Cocle, Aguadulce, West Panama, San Miguelito, Darien, Chepo and Colon, until October 2014.
The show, based on research done by Carol McMichael Reese and Thomas F. Reese, of Tulane University, New Orleans, was presented for the first time in August and September in the City of Knowledge as part of the official activities of the Panama Canal Centennial.
The exhibit highlights the importance of conservation and the value of heritage architecture in areas around the Panama Canal, and coincides with the celebration of 100 years of the waterway in 2014.