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MEXTRÓPOLI: The First International Festival of Architecture & the City

Building upon its 15 years of experience, the Arquine Conference presents MEXTRÓPOLI, a festival that will position Mexico City as an epicenter of architecture and a leader in creative transformation.

MEXTRÓPOLI is a critical project that will encourage and promote culture, urban regeneration, and the artistic heritage of Mexico city.

MEXTRÓPOLI will host over 30 academic, cultural and tourist activities, held principally in the historic center of the city.

MEXTRÓPOLI invites the public to connect to the city in six different ways:

Casa del Bosque / Taller|A arquitectos

  • Architects: Taller|A arquitectos
  • Location: Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge: Dante Di Lorenzo
  • Area: 400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Luis Gordoa

© Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa

Jaime Garcia Terres Library / arquitectura 911sc

  • Architects: arquitectura 911sc
  • Location: Ciudad de Mexico, D.F., Mexico
  • Project Leaders: Jose Castillo + Saidee Springall
  • Design Team: Ricardo García Santander
  • Structure: Izquierdo Ing. Y Asociados
  • Installation: DIIN Ing. Gustavo Nieto
  • Lighting: Artenluz Arq. Javier Ten
  • Artistic collaboration: Perla Krauze
  • Builder: Sackbe
  • Museography: Margen Rojo
  • Area: 170.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Moritz Bernoully, Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Moritz Bernoully

Pabellon-S / Taller Diez 05

  • Architects: Taller Diez 05
  • Location: Boca del Río, Veracruz, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge: Manuel Herrera Gil
  • Collaborators: Luis Enrique Alvarez, Eder Ferreira, Francisco Dorado
  • Area: 55.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Luis Gordoa

© Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa

SOGA - Sounds of Gaia / casaPública

  • Architects: casaPública
  • Location: Jiutepec, Morelos, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge: Pamela Moreno Caballero, Patricio Guerrero
  • Area: 1500.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo

Las Cruces Lookout Point / ELEMENTAL

  • Architects: ELEMENTAL
  • Location: Jalisco, Mexico
  • Design Team: Alejandro Aravena, Diego Torres, Víctor Oddó
  • Area: 148.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan

Estar House / REC Arquitectura

  • Architects: REC Arquitectura
  • Location: State of Mexico, Mexico
  • Team: Gustavo Lira, Domingo Granados, Jonathan Tapia, Jesus Mondragón, María J. Jimenez, Ivan Recoder y Gerardo Recoder.
  • Project Area: 415.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photography: Yoshihiro Koitani

© Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani

Sayavedra House / Taller de Arquitectura-Mauricio Rocha

  • Architects: Taller de Arquitectura-Mauricio Rocha
  • Location: Mexico
  • Architect in Charge: Mauricio Rocha, Arturo Mera Ortiz, Gabriela Carrillo Valadez
  • Collaborators: Carolina Velasco
  • Constructor: Muzquiz y Asociados S.A. de C.V.
  • Area: 225.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Taller De Arquitectura- Mauricio Rocha

Courtesy of Taller De Arquitectura- Mauricio Rocha Courtesy of Taller De Arquitectura- Mauricio Rocha Courtesy of Taller De Arquitectura- Mauricio Rocha Courtesy of Taller De Arquitectura- Mauricio Rocha

Harvest Elementary School / Zendejas Arquitectos + Marván Arquitectos + Martinez Arquitecto

  • Architects: Zendejas Arquitectos, Marván Arquitectos, Martínez Arquitecto
  • Location: Calle Francisco Alcocer Pozo, Candiles, Querétaro, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge: Jose Zendejas Hernandez, Francisco Marván Carmona, Rodrigo Marván Cuevas, Wilfrido Martinez De León
  • Collaborators: Jose Zendejas Foyo, Juan Pablo Soto Martìnez, Claudia Tapia Melèndez, Karlo Ivàn Trejo Lòpez
  • Area: 1006.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Yoshihiro Koitani

© Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani

Mexico & Swizterland in Tug-of-War Over Luis Barragán Archive

Mexico, Switzerland and their constituent art collectors are in a tug-of-war over the coveted professional archive of late, famed hero Luis Barragán - considered one of Mexico's greatest architects. After his death, the heads of the Swiss furniture company, Vitra, bought a collection of Barragán's personal designs and images, leaving those in Mexico puzzled as to why the archive ever left the country from which his work is rooted. "It would be as if the ‘rights’ for Frank Lloyd Wright or Louis Kahn were held and managed from another country, ruling over their work and limiting access to the American public." Read the full article here, "Tug of War Stretches Architect’s Legacy".

Seventh House / Hernández Silva Arquitectos

  • Architects: Hernández Silva Arquitectos
  • Location: Zapopan, JAL, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge: Jorge Luis Hernández Silva
  • Design Team: Alejandro Aponte Gómez, Andrea Assad Álvarez
  • Area: 953.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Carlos Díaz Corona

© Carlos Díaz Corona © Carlos Díaz Corona © Carlos Díaz Corona © Carlos Díaz Corona

Onion Skin / Olivier Ratsi

© Olivier Ratsi [ANTIVJ, Fr]
© Olivier Ratsi [ANTIVJ, Fr]

Vespertinas Nuevo Continente School / Miguel Montor

  • Architect: Miguel Montor
  • Location: Prolongación Zaragoza 61, Colonia la Capilla, 76176 Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico
  • Collaborator: Lorenzo Farfán
  • Structures: Sergio Ruiz De Velasco
  • Construction: Juvencio Álvarez
  • Project Area: 2400.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photography: Alberto Moreno Guzmán

© Alberto Moreno Guzmán © Alberto Moreno Guzmán © Alberto Moreno Guzmán © Alberto Moreno Guzmán

ITI 68 / C Arquitectos

  • Architects: C Arquitectos
  • Location: Cto Interior Bicentenario, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Architect In Charge: René Caro
  • Collaborators: Jesús López, Alberto Mendoza, José Luis Rojo
  • Consultants: CGS Mecánica de Suelos, PESA Proyecto Estructural, SeIIESA Instalaciones
  • Construction: Renovarq
  • Owner: Desarrolladora Inmobiliaria WELT
  • Project Area: 1185.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photography: Onnis Luque

© Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque

Social Green House / Darkitectura

  • Architects: Darkitectura
  • Location: Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico
  • Design Team: Julio Juárez, Hugo Maldonado, Luis Arteaga
  • Area: 85.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Julio Juárez

© Julio Juárez © Julio Juárez © Julio Juárez © Julio Juárez