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ISAD Students Revitalize Broken Water Source in Mexico with Urban SPA

08:00 - 21 August, 2015
ISAD Students Revitalize Broken Water Source in Mexico with Urban SPA, Courtesy of PKMN Architectures
Courtesy of PKMN Architectures

After several years spent broken and unusable, the local water source at Parque Urueta in the center of Chihuahua, Mexico, has been revitalized by the Instituto Superior de Arquitectura de Chihuahua’s (ISAD) Taller del Desierto student workshop. This year’s version of the annual workshop—called Urban SPA—has teamed up with PKMN architectures and Memela, as well as civil association Impulsados Capacidades and materials sponsor A+bien.

In an effort to create “a collective imaginary for the future,” the workshop began with initial ideas, like shaded areas for parents to drop off children for school, steps to link resting and sports areas, and bench maintenance actions. However, after neighbors voiced concerns about the park’s broken public water source, the workshop’s focus shifted towards the Urban SPA concept.

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Garden House / DCPP arquitectos

13:00 - 19 August, 2015
Garden House / DCPP arquitectos, © Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo +37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Federal District, Mexico
  • Project Architects

    Pablo Pérez Palacios, Alfonso de la Concha Rojas
  • Project Area

    530.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

FR-EE Proposes to Restore Mexico City Avenue with Cultural Corridor Chapultepec

12:50 - 19 August, 2015
© FR-EE / Fernando Romero EnterprisE
© FR-EE / Fernando Romero EnterprisE

Avenida Chapultepec is one of the most important and historic avenues in Mexico City. Once a calm Pre-Hispanic road that ran along the city's aqueduct, Avenida Chapultepec is now high-speed avenue, "negligent to its context and historic richness." Thus, FR-EE / Fernando Romero EnterprisE, FRENTE arquitectura and RVDG arquitectura + urbanismo have joined forces to propose a pedestrian-centric masterplan that aims to transform the congested avenue into an efficient, multimodal roadway that features an elevated promenade lined with commercial and cultural programs that are powered by renewable energy and connected by lush landscaping. Read on to learn more about the proposed Chapultepec Cultural Corridor (CCC).

"This is the most important creation of a new public space from the Central Alameda, it will be an area unprecedented in the city and space of more urban diversity in Mexico City." - Fernando Romero, general FR-EE Fernando Romero Enterprise

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Levering Trade / ATELIER ARS°

13:00 - 10 August, 2015
Levering Trade / ATELIER ARS°, © Onnis Luque
© Onnis Luque

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Zapopan, Jal., Mexico
  • Architects in Charge

    Alejandro Guerrero Gutiérrez and Andrea Soto Morfín
  • Area

    1184.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Bellopuerto Reforma Restaurant / Estudio Atemporal

15:00 - 7 August, 2015
Bellopuerto Reforma Restaurant / Estudio Atemporal, © Luis Gallardo
© Luis Gallardo

© Luis Gallardo © Luis Gallardo © Luis Gallardo © Luis Gallardo +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Florencia, Juárez, 06600 Mexico City, Mexico
  • Project Area

    410.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

RGT House / GBF Taller de Arquitectura

11:00 - 7 August, 2015
RGT House / GBF Taller de Arquitectura, © Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa

© Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa +37

CEMEX Announces Mexican Premio Obras Finalists

14:00 - 1 August, 2015

Held annually, the CEMEX Building Awards honor the best architecture and construction both in Mexico and abroad. The XXIV edition will recognize projects built in 2014 that stand out for their construction, conceptual, technical and aesthetic solutions. 

Through this award program CEMEX aims to foster continuous innovation in construction and encourage best practices to generate better spaces and buildings. 

See the Mexican finalists of the national edition of the XXIV Building Awards after the break.

Street Artists and Local Government Team Up to Create Colorful Mexican Mural

08:00 - 29 July, 2015

About an hour outside Mexico City lies the small town of Palmitas in the Pachuca district, an area that, a few months ago, began a massive street art project to unite the community. Beginning as an idea from local government leaders, the project was executed by self-taught street artists Germen Crew.

Using the existing architecture set on the town’s predominant hill, Germen Crew created a multi-perspective piece of art that takes one of Mexico’s most recognized art forms—the mural—and adds a new sense of perspective and community to the historic tradition.

Revit Architecture 101 - Online Course (And We're Giving Away a ThinkParametric Membership!)

19:30 - 28 July, 2015
Revit Architecture 101 - Online Course (And We're Giving Away a ThinkParametric Membership!), Revit Architecture 101 with Håvard Vasshaug
Revit Architecture 101 with Håvard Vasshaug

ThinkParametric launches its Revit Architecture 101 course taught by Håvard Vasshaug Design Technologist and BIM Specialist at DARK Architects.

Revit Architecture is one of the leading applications in the industry for Building Information Modelling and is reshaping the way we design and build architecture projects.

We're also giving away year-long memberships to ThinkParametric! Read on to find out how you can win. 

Project for an Elevated Park in Chapultepec, Mexico

12:00 - 27 July, 2015
Project for an Elevated Park in Chapultepec, Mexico

Mexico City's exponential urban growth in the last decades has brought with it problems in terms of mobility, disorganized urban development and pollution. This has affected the connectivity of its roads and axes both physically and in terms of image. However, it has also provided important opportunities for urban and architectural interventions.

This project, developed by FRENTE arquitectura and RVDG arquitectura + urbanismo, recently received an IAA International Architecture Award in the Urban Planning category. It is a proposal for the regeneration of public space in order to create community in one of the areas with the most potential in the city.

Read on to learn more about the Chapultepec Elevated Park.

In Residence: Carlos Herrera

14:00 - 25 July, 2015

“To build a house like this for yourself, it’s a very, very easy and very difficult task because you’re your own client, and you can do whatever you dreamt of, it has to be here, and there are no excuses to make mistakes or anything.”

In the latest installment of the In Residence series, NOWNESS goes into the home of Mexican architect Carlos Herrera in Cuernavaca, just outside Mexico City. While the house functions as a weekend residence, it was built to be lived in—as Herrera explains, it’s a place to entertain guests, and, eventually, it could be a place to retire. The single-level house follows Herrera’s simple, earth-toned design aesthetic, filled with clean lines and sharp angles. Learn more about the design and inspiration behind the house in the video above. 

Carpa Olivera / Colectivo Urbano

13:00 - 23 July, 2015
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico
  • Architectural Proyect

    Jacqueline Meixueiro, Roberto Díaz, Javier Hidalgo, Emilio Castañón, Erick Pérez, David Escobar.
  • Area

    722.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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Rancho Los Sauces / grupoarquitectura

13:00 - 22 July, 2015
Rancho Los Sauces / grupoarquitectura, Courtesy of grupoarquitectura
Courtesy of grupoarquitectura
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Design Team

    Erick Rios, Héctor Ferral, Rosa López Susana López, Erick Ríos, Rafael Sánchez, Chantal Stoopen
  • Project Area

    1500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of grupoarquitectura

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Campanario 2 / Axel Duhart Arquitectos

13:00 - 18 July, 2015
Campanario 2 / Axel Duhart Arquitectos, © Jorge Silva, ADP
© Jorge Silva, ADP

© Jorge Silva, ADP © Jorge Silva, ADP © Jorge Silva, ADP © Jorge Silva, ADP +25

Itzimná House / Reyes Rios + Larraín Arquitectos

11:00 - 14 July, 2015
Itzimná House / Reyes Rios + Larraín Arquitectos, © Pim Schalkwijk
© Pim Schalkwijk

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FR-EE Reveals Elliptical Design for Mexico's Mazatlán Museum

08:00 - 14 July, 2015
FR-EE Reveals Elliptical Design for Mexico's Mazatlán Museum, Courtesy of FR-EE
Courtesy of FR-EE

Fernando Romero EnterprisE (FR-EE) has revealed their proposal for the “Museo Mazatlán” in Mexico, which will be dedicated to the local culture of Mazatlán. Inspired by Mazatlán’s nickname, “The Pearl of the Pacific”, the design resembles an oyster with a pearl at its centre. This “pearl” is a geodesic dome, bringing together views of the sky with views of the city and sea.

Chapulín / mob + SAMA arquitectos

20:00 - 10 July, 2015
Chapulín / mob + SAMA arquitectos, © Alfonso de Béjar
© Alfonso de Béjar
  • Architects

  • Location

    Campos Elíseos 218, Polanco, 11550 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
  • Collaborators

    Adán Paredes, Ignacio Rodríguez Bach, SAMA Architects, Sociedad Anónima
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Alfonso de Béjar © Alfonso de Béjar © Alfonso de Béjar © Alfonso de Béjar +17

Rojkind Arquitectos' Foro Boca Breaks Ground in Mexico

09:15 - 8 July, 2015
Rojkind Arquitectos' Foro Boca Breaks Ground in Mexico, Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos
Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos

Rojkind Arquitectos has shared their latest project, Foro Boca, which broke ground yesterday in Veracruz, Mexico. Part of a masterplan that seeks to reinvigorate the surrounding area, the project is catalyzing the renovation of infrastructure. The building will hold an 850-seat concert hall, rehearsal space, a music library and offices. The architects contend that "The building appropriates the timeless expression of the concretes cubes formed by ripraps in the breakwater, assimilating them as its origin and re-interpreting them in a building made of apparent concrete, forming various areas of volume that contain the concert hall."

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