“First we shape our buildings, then they shape us, then we shape them again—ad infinitum.”—Stuart Brand, 1994.
Last Wednesday I attended a business meeting to inquire about a management software for a recently acquired customer who is interested in consolidating all of his companies under one platform. The name of the company that is marketing the software in Panama, Colombia, Guatemala, and Venezuela is ElConix Inc. It’s general manager is Moisés Vega; a remarkable intelligent and articulate business person. The software we are purchasing is ElConix Open Enterprise S7. We are placing all our eggs in this basket. I’m sure the results will exceed our expectations.
My impression is that ElConix Inc. is a blast of fresh air in the stuffy confines of software companies. That is why we placed our bets on it. I can’t wait to start implementing the software in the near future on a gourmet hotel in the highlands of Boquete.
When I was ushered into the conference room, the adjacent huge window displayed a magnificent view of the amazing skyline of Panama City, which I think is one of the best in Latin America. I was so impressed, that I asked Mr. Vega if I could return and take pictures from this spot. He immediately agreed.
Counting the hours, I returned to ElConix’s office on Friday. It was not the perfect day to take pictures, mind you. It had rained all night and all morning, and the city looked gray, gloomy and misty. Anyway, the pictures had to be taken and they were waiting for my arrival. I got there at 09:00 a.m. with both of my cameras—just in case. As you probably know, one camera is a compact P&S Canon PowerShot A720 IS and the other one is a DSLR Canon EOS Rebel T2i.
It was still raining lightly in the metropolis as I took the pictures, so you will notice a fuzzyesque (is there such a word?) characteristic in the shots. But that is the way it was, and nothing could be done about it.
This is the face of Panama City during a damp drizzling morning. The temperature was nice and cool. If you are sweating out blazing temperatures in the States, Panama is the place to come to enjoy a perfect weather. A few drops of rain will feel like a blessing.
These are the pictures. Here we go. (Click on the pictures to expand them.)
The modern area of Panama City has many high-rise buildings, which together form a very dense skyline. There are now more than 110 high-rise projects being constructed, with 127 high-rise buildings already built.The city holds the 40th place in the world by high-rise buildings count.
If you can’t stand the rising mercury in your area, hop in a plane and come down to Panama. It will be the best decision you will ever make. Take my word for it. Good Day and Welcome to Paradise.