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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

Adamant / Mayer Hasbani

  • Architects: Mayer Hasbani
  • Location: Via Atlixcayotl, Reserva Territorial Atlixcáyotl, Puebla, PUE, Mexico
  • Project Area: 20550 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Hector Velasco, Paul Czitron, El Hartista

© Paul Czitron © Hector Velasco © Hector Velasco © Paul Czitron

Eucaliptos House / MO+G taller de arquitectura

  • Architects: MO+G taller de arquitectura
  • Location: Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, JAL, Mexico
  • Design Team: Arq. Andrés Mayorga García Rulfo, Arq. Diego González Díaz Ochoa y Arq. Leopoldo Orendain Ruiz Escoto.
  • Construction: MO+G taller de arquitectura
  • Project Area: 195.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: 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)

Innovation and Technical and Technological Transfer Park / Grupo ARKHOS

  • Architects: Grupo ARKHOS
  • 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: Jorge Taboada Morón

© Jorge Taboada Morón © Jorge Taboada Morón © Jorge Taboada Morón © Jorge Taboada Morón

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

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

Palacio de Hierro Antea Façade / Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

  • Architects: Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
  • 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: Paul Rivera

© Paul Rivera © Paul Rivera © Paul Rivera © Paul Rivera

Sport City Oaxaca / Rootstudio + Arquitectos Artesanos

  • Architects: Rootstudio, Arquitectos Artesanos
  • 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: Angel Ivan Valdivia Salazar, Fidel Ugarte

© Fidel Ugarte © Fidel Ugarte © Fidel Ugarte © Fidel Ugarte