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Over 30 Countries to Participate in the Inaugural London Design Biennale

14:00 - 29 March, 2016
Over 30 Countries to Participate in the Inaugural London Design Biennale, FREE City, the Mexico proposal. Image © FernandoRomeroEnterprisE
FREE City, the Mexico proposal. Image © FernandoRomeroEnterprisE

A total of 34 countries will participate in the inaugural London Design Biennale, according to a press release from the organization. Set to open on September 7th, the Biennale will center on the theme Utopia by Design, looking at “sustainability, migration, pollution, water and social equality,” among other issues. 

The theme was chosen in honor of the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s “Utopia,” and the Biennale will be “the centerpiece” of the Somerset House’s year-long programme celebrating the text. “We chose the inaugural theme, Utopia by Design, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the publication of  Thomas More’s classic, and to reflect on the rich history of the modernist design it inspired,” said Christopher Turner, the Director of the London Design Biennale. 

The Biennale “will present newly commissioned works in contemporary design, design-led innovation, creativity and research,” bringing together “designers, innovators and cultural bodies” to explore “the role of design in our collective futures.” A diverse group of countries from five continents are set to participate: Albania, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Chile, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, SouthAfrica, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, UK and the USA.

US installation. Image © CooperHewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum The Cybersyn operations room, inspiration for the Chilean installation. Image © Gui Bonsiepe Aid Drop Yaniv Kadosh_ACT Shenkar, Israel’s proposal. Image © Sasha Flit 'Monstera Deliciosa, Volume I', South Africa proposal. Image © Southern Guild +7

Distrito Fijo Cycling Club / DCPP arquitectos

11:00 - 29 March, 2016
Distrito Fijo Cycling Club / DCPP arquitectos, © Camila Cossio
© Camila Cossio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Design Team

    DCPP arquitectos
  • Project Area

    85.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Camila Cossio © Camila Cossio © Camila Cossio © Camila Cossio +23

Toro Gastrobar / Studio Arthur Casas

09:00 - 17 March, 2016
Toro Gastrobar / Studio Arthur Casas, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +14

Milagrito Mezcal Pavilion / AMBROSI I ETCHEGARAY

09:00 - 11 March, 2016
Milagrito Mezcal Pavilion / AMBROSI I ETCHEGARAY, © Onnis Luque
© Onnis Luque

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo +29

Spotlight: Luis Barragán

10:30 - 9 March, 2016
Spotlight: Luis Barragán, Casa Barragán. Image © Flickr user LrBln
Casa Barragán. Image © Flickr user LrBln

One of Mexico's greatest architects, Luis Ramiro Barragán Morfín (March 9, 1902 – November 22, 1988) revolutionized modern architecture in the country with his use of bright colors reminiscent of the traditional architecture of Mexico, and with works such as his Casa Barragán, the Chapel of the Capuchinas, the Torres de Satélite, "Los Clubes" (Cuadra San Cristobal and Fuente de los Amantes), and the Casa Gilardi, among many others.

Casa Meztitla / EDAA

09:00 - 8 March, 2016
Casa Meztitla  / EDAA, © Yoshihiro Koitani
© Yoshihiro Koitani
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tepoztlán, Mor., Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Luis Arturo García
  • Design Team

    Juan Hernández, Jahir Villanueva, Antonio Rivas, Ana Fernanda Rodríguez, Diego Ruiz Velazco
  • Area

    400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani +25

Naked House / Taller Estilo Arquitectura

11:00 - 29 February, 2016
Naked House  / Taller Estilo Arquitectura, © David Cervera
© David Cervera
  • Architects

  • Location

    Barrio de Santiago, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
  • Project Architects

    Víctor Alejandro Cruz Domínguez, Iván Atahualpa Hernández Salazar, Luís Armando Estrada Aguilar
  • Project Area

    150.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© David Cervera © David Cervera © David Cervera © David Cervera +37

Main Room / em-estudio

13:00 - 24 February, 2016
Main Room / em-estudio, © Mara Sánchez Renero Labelle
© Mara Sánchez Renero Labelle
  • Architects

  • Location

    Av Oaxaca 90, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
  • Architecture

    em-estudio
  • Design Team

    Ivan Esqueda Martínez, Francisco Esqueda Martínez, Gala Sánchez Renero LaBelle, Enrique Gosselin, Berenice Galindo, Mariana Núñez
  • Interior Design

  • Area

    245.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Mara Sánchez Renero Labelle © Mara Sánchez Renero Labelle © Mara Sánchez Renero Labelle © Mara Sánchez Renero Labelle +24

SGC House / René Sandoval

13:00 - 19 February, 2016
SGC House / René Sandoval, © Marcos García
© Marcos García
  • Architects

  • Location

    Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Construction

    René Sandoval
  • Area

    227.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Marcos García © Marcos García © Marcos García © Marcos García +28

TCH House / Arkylab

17:00 - 16 February, 2016
TCH House / Arkylab, © Oscar Hernández
© Oscar Hernández
  • Architects

  • Location

    Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Luis Morán
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Oscar Hernández © Oscar Hernández © Oscar Hernández © Oscar Hernández +22

Southern California Institute of Architecture Announces Launch of SCI-Arc Mexico

16:00 - 16 February, 2016
Southern California Institute of Architecture Announces Launch of SCI-Arc Mexico, Courtesy of SCI-Arc
Courtesy of SCI-Arc

The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) has announced the launch of SCI-Arc Mexico, to begin in mid-March 2016. Located in the Barragán Foundation in Mexico City, SCI-Arc Mexico will feature international studios, exhibitions, conferences and symposia, furthering SCI-Arc’s global presence by complementing SCI-Arc Shanghai as well as bolstering further development into South America and Europe.

Tucán House / Taller Héctor Barroso

13:00 - 16 February, 2016
Tucán House / Taller Héctor Barroso, © Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Valle de Bravo, Méx., Mexico
  • Project Architect

    Héctor Barroso Riba
  • Project Area

    400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo +23

El Moro / Cadena + Asociados

13:00 - 14 February, 2016
El Moro / Cadena + Asociados, © Moritz Bernoully
© Moritz Bernoully

© Moritz Bernoully © Moritz Bernoully © Moritz Bernoully © Moritz Bernoully +21

BBVA Bancomer Tower / LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA + Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

14:00 - 11 February, 2016
BBVA Bancomer Tower / LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA + Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, © Lourdes Legorreta
© Lourdes Legorreta

© Lourdes Legorreta © Mark Gorton © Lourdes Legorreta © Lourdes Legorreta +20

Campobaja / Estudio Atemporal

13:00 - 9 February, 2016
Campobaja / Estudio Atemporal, © LGM Studio - Luis Gallardo
© LGM Studio - Luis Gallardo

© LGM Studio - Luis Gallardo © LGM Studio - Luis Gallardo © LGM Studio - Luis Gallardo © LGM Studio - Luis Gallardo +33

Sonora Stadium / 3Arquitectura

13:00 - 4 February, 2016
Sonora Stadium / 3Arquitectura, Courtesy of Gobierno del Estado de Sonora
Courtesy of Gobierno del Estado de Sonora

Courtesy of Gobierno del Estado de Sonora Courtesy of Gobierno del Estado de Sonora Courtesy of Gobierno del Estado de Sonora © Alexander Potiomkin +16

The Architectural League Announces Emerging Voices of 2016

11:30 - 4 February, 2016
The Architectural League Announces Emerging Voices of 2016, Box House / S-AR stación-ARquitectura + Comunidad Vivex. Image © Alejandro Cartagena
Box House / S-AR stación-ARquitectura + Comunidad Vivex. Image © Alejandro Cartagena

Eight practices from the US, Canada and Mexico have been selected to receive The Architectural League of New York’s 34th annual Emerging Voices award - one of the most coveted awards in North American architecture. Each recipient was selected for being a “distinct design voice” with the “potential to influence" disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urbanism.

“The 2016 ‘Voices,’ each responding to distinct geographic sites and typologies, all compellingly address the relationship between architecture and place by resourcefully synthesizing programmatic invention with computational production and the craft of building,” said Program Director Anne Rieselbach. 

CV Terrace / Estudio Macías Peredo

09:00 - 4 February, 2016
CV Terrace / Estudio Macías Peredo, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro
  • Architects

    Salvador Macías Corona, Magui Peredo Arenas, Héctor Covarrubias
  • Location

    Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Team

    Elizabeth Fernández, Miguel Castro, Ma. Antonieta O’Farrill, Oliver Román
  • Construction

    Estudio Macías Peredo
  • Project Area

    200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro +18