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Making Complex Systems Visible: “Between Geometry and Geography” Carefully Uncovers the Layers of Mexico City

00:00 - 8 January, 2015
Making Complex Systems Visible: “Between Geometry and Geography” Carefully Uncovers the Layers of Mexico City, Courtesy of Felipe Correa and Carlos Garciavelez Alfaro
Courtesy of Felipe Correa and Carlos Garciavelez Alfaro

I always book a window seat when flying into Mexico City. It guarantees exposing the traveler to the exhilarating immensity of the city and the valley that barely contains it: a blunt encounter of geometry and geography indeed. Braving traffic I arrive to my hotel in the historic center and the first morning, over breakfast and with those aerial images still fresh in my mind, I invariably marvel at the fact that I have just had a hot shower and that I am enjoying, as usual, excellent huevos rancheros. "How did these eggs get here?" I wonder. The thoughts quickly dissipate as one is engulfed by the many renowned attractions of Mexico City.

Felipe Correa and Carlos Garciavelez Alfaro have chosen not to be distracted. Their book, “Between Geometry and Geography: Mexico City”, is an ambitious portrait of Mexico City that avoids reading the city through the singularities of its monuments. They have produced instead a stunning graphic biography of the metropolis, focusing on the infrastructures that have shaped the city and make it function today and speculating on opportunities for future multifunctional infrastructures.

Courtesy of Felipe Correa and Carlos Garciavelez Alfaro Courtesy of Felipe Correa and Carlos Garciavelez Alfaro Courtesy of Felipe Correa and Carlos Garciavelez Alfaro Courtesy of Felipe Correa and Carlos Garciavelez Alfaro +11

Tower 41 / Alberto Kalach

01:00 - 5 January, 2015
© Yoshihiro Koitani
© Yoshihiro Koitani

Tower 41 / Alberto Kalach © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Pedro Rosenblueth +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Av Constituyentes 41, San Miguel Chapultepec I Secc, 11850 Hidalgo, D.F., México
  • Project Architect

    Alberto Kalach
  • Project Area

    1820.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

PN House / ZD+A

01:00 - 4 January, 2015
PN House  / ZD+A, © Yoshihiro Koitani
© Yoshihiro Koitani

© Rafael Gamo © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Federal District, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Yuri Zagorin Alazraki
  • Project Area

    472 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Pinar House / MO+G taller de arquitectura

01:00 - 3 January, 2015
Pinar House / MO+G taller de arquitectura, © Miguel Valverde Hernández / Fabrica de Arquitectura
© Miguel Valverde Hernández / Fabrica de Arquitectura

© Helmer Murayama Caro / Fabrica de Arquitectura © Miguel Valverde Hernández / Fabrica de Arquitectura © Helmer Murayama Caro / Fabrica de Arquitectura © Miguel Valverde Hernández / Fabrica de Arquitectura +35

Malinalco House / Arquitectura Alternativa

01:00 - 2 January, 2015
Malinalco House / Arquitectura Alternativa, © Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa

© Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa +22

Box House / S-AR stación-ARquitectura + Comunidad Vivex

01:00 - 1 January, 2015
Box House / S-AR stación-ARquitectura + Comunidad Vivex, © Alejandro Cartagena
© Alejandro Cartagena

© Alejandro Cartagena © Alejandro Cartagena © Alejandro Cartagena © Alejandro Cartagena +56

  • Architects

  • Location

    Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
  • Project Team

    César Guerrero, Ana Cecilia Garza, Carlos Flores, María Sevilla
  • Project Area

    110.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Central Park First Stage / Migdal Arquitectos

01:00 - 31 December, 2014
Central Park First Stage / Migdal Arquitectos, © Ian Lizaranzu
© Ian Lizaranzu

© Ian Lizaranzu © Ian Lizaranzu © Ian Lizaranzu © Ian Lizaranzu +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Via Magna, Huixquilucan, MEX, Mexico
  • Project Architects

    Jaime Varon, Abraham Metta, Alex Metta (Migdal Arquitectos)
  • Project Area

    55842.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Adamant / Mayer Hasbani

01:00 - 30 December, 2014
Adamant / Mayer Hasbani, © Hector Velasco
© Hector Velasco

© Paul Czitron © Hector Velasco © Hector Velasco © Paul Czitron +23

El Mirador House / CC Arquitectos

01:00 - 29 December, 2014
El Mirador House / CC Arquitectos, © Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo +27

  • Architects in Charge

    Manuel Cervantes Céspedes, José Luis Heredia Álvarez
  • Location

    State of Mexico, Mexico
  • Design Team

    Israel Caballero Campos, Deyanira Yarza Barrón, María Luisa Leal Rosales
  • Project Area

    459.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Eucaliptos House / MO+G taller de arquitectura

01:00 - 25 December, 2014
Eucaliptos House / MO+G taller de arquitectura, © Fabrica de Arquitectura (Miguel Valverde Hernández y Helmer Murayama Caro)
© Fabrica de Arquitectura (Miguel Valverde Hernández y Helmer Murayama Caro)

© Fabrica de Arquitectura (Miguel Valverde Hernández y Helmer Murayama Caro) © Fabrica de Arquitectura (Miguel Valverde Hernández y Helmer Murayama Caro) © Fabrica de Arquitectura (Miguel Valverde Hernández y Helmer Murayama Caro) © Fabrica de Arquitectura (Miguel Valverde Hernández y Helmer Murayama Caro) +21

Havre 69 / at103 + Reurbano

01:00 - 24 December, 2014
Havre 69 / at103 + Reurbano, © Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Havre 69, Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
  • Project Architects

    Francisco Pardo + Julio Amezcua (at103)
  • Project Area

    1506.63 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Innovation and Technical and Technological Transfer Park / Grupo ARKHOS

01:00 - 18 December, 2014
Innovation and Technical and Technological Transfer Park / Grupo ARKHOS, © Jorge Taboada Morón
© Jorge Taboada Morón

© Jorge Taboada Morón © Jorge Taboada Morón © Jorge Taboada Morón © Jorge Taboada Morón +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Heroico Colegio Militar 4700, Nombre de Dios, 31150 Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico
  • Project Architects

    Rubén Escobar Urrutia + Ricardo Pacheco López.
  • Project Area

    11990.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Casa Tabique / TAC Taller de Arquitectura Contextual

03:00 - 17 December, 2014
Casa Tabique / TAC Taller de Arquitectura Contextual, © Willem Schalkwijk
© Willem Schalkwijk

© Willem Schalkwijk © Willem Schalkwijk © Willem Schalkwijk © Willem Schalkwijk +30

The Mexican Moment: The Rise of Architecture's Latest Design Capital

01:00 - 16 December, 2014
The Mexican Moment: The Rise of Architecture's Latest Design Capital, Museo Soumaya / FR-EE. Image © Rafael Gamo
Museo Soumaya / FR-EE. Image © Rafael Gamo

On a recent trip abroad, architect and urban planner José Castillo was struck by a conversation with Mexico’s tourism attaché in Asia. Mexican tourism, the attaché remarked, has changed; it was the ancient pyramids and sandy beaches of the country that once drew visitors to it. Today however, architecture and design—and food—prevail.

The issue of food may be of little wonder. Mexican cuisine has indeed become more popular than ever in both the high and low ends of the culinary spectrum, and food in general is not only what one eats for dinner but also a hobby and an obsessive conversation topic. Yet for local design to come to the same level of acclaim and reputation is, at any rate, quite astonishing. It may be, though, that food and architecture are not so far apart. These are both highly creative and productive professions, as well as ones with a rich history, a theory, and many layers of tradition.

La Tallera / Frida Escobedo. Image © Rafael Gamo Zeller & Moye and FR-EE's "Archivo". Image Courtesy of Zeller & Moye Foster + Partners and FR-EE's design for the new Mexico City Airport. Image Courtesy of DBOX for Foster + Partners PRODUCTORA's Auditorio Cuernavaca, with the Teopanzolco Pyramid in the background. Image Courtesy of PRODUCTORA +9

Palacio de Hierro Antea Façade / Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

01:00 - 15 December, 2014
Palacio de Hierro Antea Façade / Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, © Paul Rivera
© Paul Rivera

© Paul Rivera © Paul Rivera © Paul Rivera © Paul Rivera +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico
  • Architects In Charge

    Arq. Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas
  • Architecture Leader

    Arq. Javier Sordo Madaleno de Haro
  • Project Leader

    Arq. Humberto Mendoza
  • Architecture Team

    Fernando Sordo Madaleno de Haro, Juliam Silva, Andrés Muñoz
  • Área

    9000.0 m2
  • Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Sport City Oaxaca / Rootstudio + Arquitectos Artesanos

01:00 - 9 December, 2014
Sport City Oaxaca / Rootstudio + Arquitectos Artesanos, © Angel Ivan Valdivia Salazar
© Angel Ivan Valdivia Salazar

© Fidel Ugarte © Fidel Ugarte © Fidel Ugarte © Fidel Ugarte +50

  • Architects

  • Location

    México, SAN FELIPE, 68020 Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Project Architects

    João Boto Caeiro, Fulvio Capurso, J. J. Santibáñez
  • Construction

    Alicia Andonegni, Alberto Campuzano, Efrain Vazquez, German Peña, Miguel Angel Garcia, Joaquin Pacheco, Edgar Cano, Aram Barrera, Jesus Aguilera, Cecilia Arenas, Silvino Garcia
  • Project Area

    4600.0 m2
  • Photographs

JAHN and ADG Unveil Mexico City’s Newest Baseball Stadium

00:00 - 8 December, 2014
JAHN and ADG Unveil Mexico City’s Newest Baseball Stadium, © JAHN and ADG
© JAHN and ADG

JAHN and ADG have released designs for Los Diablos Rojos del Mexico’s new home stadium in Mexico City. Scheduled to open in the city’s Magdalena Mixhuca sports complex in 2017, the 13000-seat “Estadio Diablos” will feature a “monumental lightweight” roof structure that resembles Diablos’ trident. 

“Indicative of the sky, the roof design is sharp, translucent, luminous and dynamic,” says JAHN. “Composed of lightweight steel wrapped in PTFE textile material, the roof will become an iconic symbol for the great City of Mexico.”

More on the stadium’s design, after the break. 

© JAHN and ADG © JAHN and ADG © JAHN and ADG © JAHN and ADG +20

EGL1916 / Alvaro Moragrega arquitecto

01:00 - 8 December, 2014
EGL1916 / Alvaro Moragrega arquitecto, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro +32