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Cumbres House / DCPP arquitectos

  • Architects: DCPP arquitectos
  • Location: Federal District, Mexico
  • Project Architect: Pablo Pérez Palacios, Alfonso de la Concha Rojas
  • Construction: DCPP Construcciones
  • Project Area: 800.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Rafael Gamo

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

Carmody Groarke To Design UK Pavilion For Mexico's 2015 Guadalajara Book Fair

The British Council recently announced that London-based practice Carmody Groarke have been selected to design the UK pavilion at the 2015 Feria Internacional del Libro (FIL) in Guadalajara, Mexico. The organisers of the international event, which is the largest literary festival in the Spanish speaking world, have chosen the UK to be this year's "Guest of Honour" as part of a bilateral initiative launched to "build, strengthen and celebrate the growing connections" between the two countries.

8 Gardens House / Goko MX

  • Architects: Goko MX
  • Location: Cuernavaca, MOR, Mexico
  • Project Architects: Christopher Koehn, Jose Martín González
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Aki Itami R.

© Aki Itami R. © Aki Itami R. © Aki Itami R. © Aki Itami R.

The Barrancas House / EZEQUIELFARCA arquitectura y diseño

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe

Arquine Launches Competition No. 17: Eastern Metropolitan Green Lung

Held annually since 1998, the Arquine International Architecture Competition explores important and relevant topics for society as a whole, creating a space for dialogue and promoting active participation of both national and international architects. It has become one of the best architecture ideas competitions, with over 400 teams from more than 21 countries participating last year.

This year, Arquine is asking: What could be the vocation of the [future, ex] International Airport Benito Juarez of Mexico City? Following the announcement that Mexico City’s new international airport will be constructed in Texcoco, this competition aims to generate proposals for the [future] urban zone. Comprised of a total of 746 acres, the area has the potential to become a catalyst for development and growth of the eastern part of one of the most complex and populated cities in the world.

Determining the future use of the space now occupied by the International Airport Benito Juarez in Mexico City is one of the most interesting urban development challenges worldwide. The public competition offers a way to dig into the potential use of the area and explore the possibility of creating a large green area in the eastern part of Mexico City.

Spotlight: Félix Candela

Courtesy of Wikipedia.org
Courtesy of Wikipedia.org

“Every work of art is an interpretation of the world, of what you are thinking; a realization of your perception which creates and attempts a different world. In the end, a work of art is merely an offering to art."

Mexican-Spanish architect Félix Candela (Jan 27, 1910-Dec 7, 1997) was known for redefining the role of the architect in relation to structural problems, and played a crucial role in the development of new structural forms of concrete. His famous experimentation with concrete gave rise to projects like the Los Manantiales restaurant in the Xochimilco area of Mexico City and the Cosmic Rays Pavilion for the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Learn more about Candela after the break.

Arquine Presents: MEXTROPOLI 2015

Arquine’s second annual International Architecture and Latin American City festival, MEXTRÓPOLI, will take place from March 6-10, 2015 in Mexico City. To encourage citizen participation, the festival will be broken down into six parts: listening, dialogue, observation, taking action, participation and celebration.

MEXTRÓPOLI aims to convert Mexico City into a pioneering city, making it an architectural reference for the continent. The festival also serves as an important cultural project for the city, encouraging urban regeneration and promoting Mexico city’s artistic heritage.  

Datri & Dasa House / [mavarq]

  • Architects: [mavarq]
  • Location: Tepeji, Hidalgo, Mexico
  • Project Architect: Marco Velázquez
  • Associate Architect: Lorenzo Álvarez
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro

Hueso Restaurant / Cadena + Asociados

  • Architects: Cadena + Asociados
  • Location: Efraín González Luna, Guadalajara, JAL, Mexico
  • Project Architect: Ignacio Cadena
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro

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

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

Tower 41 / Alberto Kalach

  • Architects: Alberto Kalach
  • Location: Avenida Constituyentes 41, San Miguel Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo, Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
  • Project Architect: Alberto Kalach
  • Design Team: Alberto Vargas , Gabriel Mancera, Patricia Lazcano, Iván Ramírez, David Martínez
  • Project Area: 1820.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Yoshihiro Koitani

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

PN House / ZD+A

  • Architects: ZD+A
  • Location: Federal District, Mexico
  • Architect In Charge: Yuri Zagorin Alazraki
  • Project Area: 472 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Yoshihiro Koitani, Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani

Pinar House / MO+G taller de arquitectura

  • Architects: MO+G taller de arquitectura
  • Location: Zapopan, JAL, Mexico
  • Project Area: 535.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Miguel Valverde Hernández / Fabrica de Arquitectura , Helmer Murayama Caro / 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

Malinalco House / Arquitectura Alternativa

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

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

  • Architects: S-AR stación-ARquitectura, Comunidad Vivex
  • Location: Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
  • Project Team: César Guerrero, Ana Cecilia Garza, Carlos Flores, María Sevilla
  • Collaborators: Alejandra Rivero, Silvia Rodríguez, Berenice Reyna
  • Project Area: 110.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Alejandro Cartagena

© Alejandro Cartagena © Alejandro Cartagena © Alejandro Cartagena © Alejandro Cartagena

Central Park First Stage / Migdal Arquitectos

  • Architects: Migdal Arquitectos
  • 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: Ian Lizaranzu, Luis Gordoa

© Ian Lizaranzu © Ian Lizaranzu © Ian Lizaranzu © Ian Lizaranzu