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Video: Charles & Ray Eames Explore Mexico’s Day of the Dead

08:00 - 1 November, 2015

Celebrated in Mexico on November 1st and 2nd, Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) honors the deceased. This video, made by Charles and Ray Eames in 1957, looks at the philosophy and origins of the Mexican holiday, presenting the folk objects and rituals associated with the celebration. Watch the short film above to learn more.

How 3 Award-Winning Projects Harnessed the Beauty and Power of Concrete

08:00 - 26 October, 2015
How 3 Award-Winning Projects Harnessed the Beauty and Power of Concrete

Long touted for its strength and versatility, concrete has had an integral role in construction and design as far back as the Roman times. And in recent years, concrete’s potential has reached new heights, with many companies developing innovative uses and applications for the material, ranging from concrete reinforced with bamboo to ultra-porous concrete and concrete cloth.

Held annually, the CEMEX Building Awards recognize architecture and construction projects from around the world that use concrete technologies in creative and innovative ways, with a focus on sustainable design and social well-being. We spoke with three of the architecture firms behind winning designs of the 2014 CEMEX Building Awards to see how concrete influenced their design and why they believe concrete to be an important construction material. 

Tatiana Bilbao’s $8,000 House Could Solve Mexico’s Social Housing Shortage

08:00 - 16 October, 2015
Tatiana Bilbao’s $8,000 House Could Solve Mexico’s Social Housing Shortage, © Alejandro Spamer
© Alejandro Spamer

Centered on the theme “The State of the Art of Architecture,” the Chicago Architecture Biennial offers a look at the issues surrounding contemporary architecture around the globe. Featuring interventions from over 100 different architects from more than 30 different countries, the Biennial seeks to “demonstrate that architecture matters at any scale.”

Tatiana Bilbao’s project for the Chicago Biennial offers a solution to Mexico's affordable housing shortage. Her full-scale, Sustainable Housing prototype offers a flexible design that can respond to the different needs of each family. The house can be constructed for as little as $8,000 and up to $14,000 depending on a variety of factors including the location, the construction phase selected, and local regulations.  

View images and learn more about her prototype after the break. 

© Enrique Macias Courtesy of Tatiana Bilbao Courtesy of Tatiana Bilbao © Enrique Macias +20

Encuentro Guadalupe Winery / graciastudio

11:00 - 15 October, 2015
Encuentro Guadalupe Winery / graciastudio, © Edgar Lima
© Edgar Lima

© Edgar Lima © Luis Garcia © Luis Garcia © Edgar Lima +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Guadalupe, Baja California, México
  • Project Architects

    Jorge Gracia
  • Project Area

    940000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Hotel Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen / Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

11:00 - 7 October, 2015
Hotel Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen / Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, © Paul Rivera
© Paul Rivera

© Paul Rivera © Paul Rivera © Paul Rivera © Paul Rivera +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle 26 Nte & 1 Avenida Nte, Gonzalo Guerrero, 77720 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., México
  • President

    Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas
  • Architecture Leader

    Javier Sordo Madaleno de Haro
  • Project Leader

    Andrés Cajiga
  • Project Area

    27500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

2015 Restaurant & Bar Design Award Winners Announced

07:00 - 6 October, 2015
2015 Restaurant & Bar Design Award Winners Announced, The Jane; Belgium / Studio Piet Boon. Image Courtesy of The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards
The Jane; Belgium / Studio Piet Boon. Image Courtesy of The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards

The winners of the seventh annual Restaurant & Bar Design Awards—the only awards in the world dedicated to the design of food and beverage spaces—have been announced in London. Out of over 860 entries from the United Kingdom and 70 other countries, 36 designs were awarded, with two grand prize winners.

The winners of the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards are:

LACES / CoA Arquitectura

17:00 - 30 September, 2015
LACES / CoA Arquitectura, © Francisco Gutiérrez Peregrina
© Francisco Gutiérrez Peregrina
  • Architects

  • Location

    La Gran Plaza Fashion Mall, Avenida Ignacio L. Vallarta 3959, Don Bosco Vallarta, 45049 Zapopán, Jal., Mexico
  • Project Architects

    Francisco Gutiérrez Peregrina, Diana Quiroz Chávez
  • Project Area

    70.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Francisco Gutiérrez Peregrina © Francisco Gutiérrez Peregrina © Francisco Gutiérrez Peregrina © Francisco Gutiérrez Peregrina +19

Ediciones Tecolote / Andrés Stebelski Arquitecto

11:00 - 28 September, 2015
Ediciones Tecolote / Andrés Stebelski Arquitecto, © Onnis Luque
© Onnis Luque

© Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque +23

OPEN CALL: MALL-BUSINESS-HOUSING DESIGN Competition

18:00 - 25 September, 2015
OPEN CALL: MALL-BUSINESS-HOUSING DESIGN Competition

Organized by AGMINIS, the MALL-BUSINESS-HOUSING DESIGN COMPETITION invites architecture students and recent grads from all over the world to develop a conceptual proposal for a new mixed-use complex in the city of Aguascalientes, Mexico. The complex should incorporate housing and office and commercial space, with the aim of a creating a new neighborhood center in the city. Registration is free and ends on October 21, 2015. 

See the competition rules and requirements after the break. 

B+H 45 / H. Ponce Arquitectos

13:00 - 25 September, 2015
B+H 45 / H. Ponce Arquitectos, © Alberto Cáceres
© Alberto Cáceres
  • Architects

  • Location

    97139 Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
  • Chief Architect

    Arq. Henry Ángel Ponce Miranda
  • Design and Construction Team

    HPonce Arquitectos
  • Project Area

    200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Alberto Cáceres © Alberto Cáceres © Alberto Cáceres © Alberto Cáceres +21

BBVA BANCOMER Stadium / Populous

11:00 - 24 September, 2015
BBVA BANCOMER Stadium / Populous, Courtesy of Populous
Courtesy of Populous

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Monterrey, N.L., Mexico
  • Area

    187000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Populous, Courtesy of Danpalon

Gabriela House / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual

11:00 - 22 September, 2015
Gabriela House / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual , © Leo Espinosa
© Leo Espinosa

© Leo Espinosa © Leo Espinosa © Leo Espinosa © Leo Espinosa +51

TecniA Biotechnology Institute / Augusto Quijano Arquitectos

13:00 - 20 September, 2015
TecniA Biotechnology Institute / Augusto Quijano Arquitectos, © Roberto Cárdenas Cabello
© Roberto Cárdenas Cabello

© Tamara Uribe © Tamara Uribe © Tamara Uribe © Tamara Uribe +43

Conarte Bookstore / Anagrama

13:00 - 7 September, 2015
Conarte Bookstore / Anagrama, © Estudio Tampiquito
© Estudio Tampiquito

© Estudio Tampiquito © Estudio Tampiquito © Estudio Tampiquito © Estudio Tampiquito +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Monterrey, N.L., Mexico
  • Design Team

    Roberto Treviño, Sebastian Padilla, Carla Baca, Andrea Benavides
  • Area

    90.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Filamentario Chapel / Divece Arquitectos

13:00 - 6 September, 2015
Filamentario Chapel / Divece Arquitectos, © Jorge Silva
© Jorge Silva
  • Arquitectos

  • Ubicación

    Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Equipo de Proyecto

    Paolino Di Vece Roux y Francisco Morales Dufour
  • Año Proyecto

    2015
  • Fotografías

© Jorge Silva © Jorge Silva © Jorge Silva © Jorge Silva +21

Amsterdam Building / Jorge Hernández de la Garza

13:00 - 29 August, 2015
Amsterdam Building / Jorge Hernández de la Garza, Courtesy of Jorge Hernández de la Garza
Courtesy of Jorge Hernández de la Garza

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"La Línea Borrosa" Proposes a Shared Space at the US-Mexico Border

09:30 - 23 August, 2015
"La Línea Borrosa" Proposes a Shared Space at the US-Mexico Border, Courtesy of Patrick Cordelle
Courtesy of Patrick Cordelle

In 1971, Friendship Park was created at the western coast of the US-Mexico border, a small strip of land where the United States and Mexico were separated by just a single chain-link fence to offer friends and family in San Diego and Tijuana a place to meet and spend time together. The park was a small acknowledgement of the effect of border politics on human lives; all the same, border politics made a dramatic comeback in 2009, when the US created a second fence, severely limiting access to the park. Eight kilometers (5 miles) to the East, pedestrians wishing to cross the border are funneled alongside twenty lanes of traffic, over a bridge with high fences on either side.

These less-than-ideal conditions led Patrick Cordelle, a bachelor's student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to design "La Línea Borrosa" (The Blurred Line), a combined pedestrian border crossing and shared national recreation space for the Tijuana-San Diego coastline.

Detail of the Spiral Pier's outer skin. Image Courtesy of Patrick Cordelle Roof plan of the Spiral Pier. Image Courtesy of Patrick Cordelle Interior perspective of the Spiral Pier. Image Courtesy of Patrick Cordelle Courtesy of Patrick Cordelle +11

Basaltica House / grupoarquitectura

17:00 - 21 August, 2015
Basaltica House  / grupoarquitectura, Courtesy of grupoarquitectura
Courtesy of grupoarquitectura

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