Jorge Ricardo Ponte. Brief Biography.
Jorge Ricardo Ponte achieved his graduate education on Architecture at the University of Mendoza in Argentina. Between 1992 and 1994, Mr. Ponte held a position as the Head of the Department of Urban Planning and Environmental Management of the City of Mendoza, Argentina.
After defending his PhD dissertation at the EHESS – École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales De Paris School of High Studies on Social Sciences of Paris in 1998, his academic career has alternate between phases of work in three distinct lines of research. First, Urban History. Mr. Ponte graduated in Latin American History at the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III, France, in 1995.
Second, Urban Sociology. Mr. Ponte earned a diploma in Restoration of Monuments and History of Architecture from the Universitá degli Studi di Firenze University of Higher Studies in Florence Italy.
Third, Architectural Heritage Restoration. Mr. Ponte was a delegate of the National Commission of Museums, Monuments and Historical Sites of Argentina as a restaurateur of the built heritage and named honorary adviser from 1985 to 1994 and 2009 until our present day.
The largest research focus and production developed by Mr. Ponte over the years associates historical and cultural processes with space of land at large. His body of work represents a close up in precision into space towards history and history towards space. In other words, Ponte connects historical, social and geographical development in order to clarify current situations in long term geo-historical studies.
Since the year 2000 Mr. Ponte has been working and developing new approaches within Argentina’s scientific fields by consolidating a corpus of historical documents, and by restoring and digitalizing maps to improve their graphic quality and their secure an accurate interpretation.
Some of Mr. Ponte published works include sociological books such as The Fragility of Memory. Representations, Press and Power in a Latin American City during Modern Times. Mendoza 1885-1910, as well as other case studies of micro-history such as El Carmen. A Hospital for Philanthropy and From the Indian Chiefs of Water to a Canalized City. Five Centuries of History of Water Canals and Windmills and the second illustrated edition of the book “Mendoza, that old Mud-made Town. History of an Andean City from the Sixteenth Century to Our Present Days among others acclaimed publications.
Mr. Ponte has worked along the mentorship of philosopher Arturo Andrés Roig, architect Enrique Hardoy and historian Bernard Lepetit during various phases of his academical career. As of today, Jorge Ricardo Ponte is a full time researcher at CONICET, National Council for scientific and technical research of Argentina where he continues to develop a career in research and is committed to share his experience with newer generations.
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