"Money is what fueled the industrial society. But in the information society, the fuel, the power, is knowledge. One has now come to see a new class structure divided by those who have information and those who must function out of ignorance. This new class has its power not from money, not from land, but from knowledge."
John Kenneth Galbraith
These maps were gathered to inspire further action and participation, within my own process and hopefully among others. The three main target users are “the Designer”, “the Foreigner” and the “Pop Addicted”.
Since 2003 Panama has experienced a real estate and tourism boom. Given its geographical relevance as a meeting point at the heart of the American continent – and its tradition as a passage for transiting from one ocean to another, Panama has mutated to become the leading Central American metropolis.
This Central American mini-Dubai, presents its very own aesthetic and agenda, which is to grow... grow and GROW!
The boom has brought about all sorts of newcomers: wealthy investors, retirees, tourists, South American refugees, and dreamers who want to live their “Central American Dream” (the American dream translated to our Latin American reality: cheaper food and housing, a relaxed environment, a peaceful society, a less corrupt and more fair democracy… and of course the access to the US dollar).
Regardless their original intention, an immigrant constantly experiences the inner tension between the concepts of shift and adaptation that cause internal debate. From the country’s perspective, the positive balance between the traditional and new is the key to positive progress and cultural evolution.
These pop maps are intended to serve as a point of reference to anyone looking to adapt, merge, or recreate themselves and their Panamanian pop knowledge.
Successful action is fueled by comprehensible knowledge.
The process maps are the result of an information collection from online research, conversations and observation
PTY Pop Maps was on view at the group show “Pop Purri: El Papel lo Aguanta Todo” in June 2008 at Diablo Rosso Gallery
Notice how short the media map was when mapped in 2008. Looking forward to revisiting these maps thanks to Archivismo
PTY stands for the airport code for “Tocumen International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen) (IATA: PTY, ICAO: MPTO) is the international airport of Panama City, the capital of Panama.” Source Wikipedia
Over the years, PTY has become a short general term that identifies Panamá