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Alberto Kalach: “Imagine if All Rooftops in Our City Were Green!”

09:30 - 11 August, 2017
Alberto Kalach: “Imagine if All Rooftops in Our City Were Green!”, Reforma 27. Image © Yoshihiro Koitani
Reforma 27. Image © Yoshihiro Koitani

Last month I went on an enlightening trip to Mexico City, during which I had a chance to meet with half a dozen leading Mexican architects and critics. Those meetings included insightful conversations with Miquel Adrià, Tatiana Bilbao, Victor Legorreta, Mauricio Rocha, and Michel Rojkind among others (many of which will also feature in future installments of City of Ideas). I asked them many different questions, but two were consistent: “who would you name as Mexico’s best architect at this moment?” and “what one building built in the capital over the last decade is your favorite?” All of my interviewees pointed to Alberto Kalach (born 1960) and his Vasconcelos Library (2007). My Conversation with Kalach took place the next day after visiting the library on the rooftop of another one of his iconic buildings, Tower 41 overlooking Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico City’s Central Park. We spoke about books, libraries, and his idea of buildings as inventions.

Vasconcelos Library. Image © Yoshihiro Koitani Galería Kurimanzutto. Image © Pedro Rosenbleuth Tower 41. Image © Yoshihiro Koitani Tower 41. Image © Yoshihiro Koitani +95

MCHAP Announces Finalists for 2014/2015 Most Outstanding Project in the Americas

22:05 - 23 June, 2016
MCHAP Announces Finalists for 2014/2015 Most Outstanding Project in the Americas, Courtesy of MCHAP
Courtesy of MCHAP

Seven projects have been named finalists in the second edition of the biennial Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP). Selected from a pool of 175 nominees, the chosen buildings represent the best built works of architecture realized in the Americas from January 2014 to December 2015. The inaugaral award, which was given to the best project from 2000-2013, was shared by Álvaro Siza's Iberê Camargo Foundation and Herzog & de Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln Road.

Continue after the break for the list of finalists.

Tower 41 / Alberto Kalach

01:00 - 5 January, 2015
© Yoshihiro Koitani
© Yoshihiro Koitani

Tower 41 / Alberto Kalach © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Pedro Rosenblueth +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Av Constituyentes 41, San Miguel Chapultepec I Secc, 11850 Hidalgo, D.F., México
  • Project Architect

    Alberto Kalach
  • Project Area

    1820.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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

01:00 - 16 December, 2014
The Mexican Moment: The Rise of Architecture's Latest Design Capital, Museo Soumaya / FR-EE. Image © Rafael Gamo
Museo Soumaya / FR-EE. Image © Rafael Gamo

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 +9

MCHAP Shortlists the 36 Most “Outstanding Projects” in the Americas

01:00 - 24 June, 2014
MCHAP Shortlists the 36 Most “Outstanding Projects” in the Americas

Wiel Arets, Dean of the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and Dirk Denison, Director of the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP), have announced the inaugural MCHAP shortlist – 36 “Outstanding Projects” selected from the 225 MCHAP nominees.

“The rich diversity of these built works is a testament to the creative energy at work in the Americas today,” said Arets. “When viewed alongside the innovative work by the MCHAP.emerge finalists and winner, Poli House by Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen which we honored in May, we see the evolution of a distinctly American conversation about creating livable space.” See all 36 winners after the break.

Reforma 27 / Alberto Kalach

01:00 - 7 October, 2012
Reforma 27 / Alberto Kalach, © Yoshihiro Koitani
© Yoshihiro Koitani

© Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mexico City, Mexico
  • Architect

    Alberto Kalach
  • Design Team

    Ignacio del Río, Bolívar Garrido, José Luis Reyes, Héctor Módica, Iván Ramírez, Susana Pantoja, Ana María Martínez, Patricia Galdos
  • Structural Engineering

    DYS Diseño y Supervisión S.C. Ing. Raymundo López Blas
  • Area

    1794.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Liceo Franco Mexicano / Alberto Kalach

01:00 - 22 September, 2012
Liceo Franco Mexicano / Alberto Kalach, © Yoshihiro Koitani
© Yoshihiro Koitani

© Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Architects

    Alberto Kalach, Juan Palomar, Héctor Módica
  • Design Team

    Taller de Arquitectura X – 2005
  • Project Year

    2005
  • Photographs

Atalaya House / Alberto Kalach

01:00 - 20 September, 2012
Atalaya House / Alberto Kalach, © Yoshihiro Koitani
© Yoshihiro Koitani

© Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani +66

  • Architects

    Alberto Kalach, Adriana León, Emanuel Ramirez, Gustavo Lipkau
  • Location

    United States
  • Area

    1100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

Galería Kurimanzutto / Alberto Kalach

01:00 - 19 September, 2012
Galería Kurimanzutto / Alberto Kalach, © Pedro Rosenbleuth
© Pedro Rosenbleuth

© Pedro Rosenbleuth © Pedro Rosenbleuth © Pedro Rosenbleuth © Pedro Rosenbleuth +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mexico City, Mexico
  • Architect

    Alberto Kalach
  • Project Team

    Héctor Módica
  • Area

    1300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

Facebook 500,000 Fans Giveaway: Moleskine - Inspiration and Process in Architecture

11:00 - 9 April, 2012

Our Facebook Fan Page has finally reached 500,000 fans, making it the largest architecture community in Facebook! To celebrate it, we partnered with Moleskine to host a fantastic giveaway.

Vasconcelos Library / Alberto Kalach

01:00 - 27 December, 2010
Vasconcelos Library / Alberto Kalach, © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre
© Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre

© Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    And., Valle de Aragón 1ra Sección, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, State of Mexico, Mexico
  • Architects

    Alberto Kalach
  • Competition Team

    Alberto Kalach, Gustavo Lipkau, Juan Palomar, Tonatiuh Martínez
  • Structural Design

    Enrique Arriaga
  • Interior Design

    Adriana León – TAX
  • Project Team

    Alberto Kalach, Emmanuel Ramírez, Ignacio del Río, Tami Tamashiro, José Luis Reyes, Héctor Módica, Bolivar Garrido, Ivan Ramírez, Gabriel Ortiz, Roland Oberhofer, Paola Acevedo, Alejandro Castañeda
  • Structural Engineering

    Martínez Romero – EMRSA
  • Client

    CONACULTA
  • Area

    38091.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs