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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

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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

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.

Alberto Kalach Lecture

Each year the Architectural League presents the work of significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment. Co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union, the program kicks off this year with the Alberto Kalach lecture, which will highlight his current work. Cited as one of the most versatile and prolific architectural voices in Mexico City today, Alberto Kalach co-founded the firm Taller de Arquitectura X (TAX) in 1981. Kalach’s concern for the emerging problems of his vast native city has inspired projects at a range of scales, from his minimal $5,000 houses to housing developments and urban master plans. Kalach’s most ambitious speculative plan, México Ciudad Futura, is the largest project ever conceived for Mexico City. The lecture is taking place Monday, Octobr 15, at 7:00pm at Cooper Union in New York. For more information about the event, please visit here.

Reforma 27 / Alberto Kalach

  • Architects: Alberto Kalach
  • 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: Yoshihiro Koitani

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Liceo Franco Mexicano / Alberto Kalach

  • Architects: Alberto Kalach
  • Location: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Architects: Alberto Kalach, Juan Palomar, Héctor Módica
  • Design Team: Taller de Arquitectura X – 2005
  • Project Year: 2005
  • Photographs: Yoshihiro Koitani

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Atalaya House / Alberto Kalach

  • Architects: Alberto Kalach
  • Location: California, USA
  • Architects: Alberto Kalach, Adriana León, Emanuel Ramirez, Gustavo Lipkau
  • Consultants: George Sultanyan, Steven Learner Studio, Kent Horner
  • General contractor: Wardell Builders
  • Area: 1100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Yoshihiro Koitani

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Galería Kurimanzutto / Alberto Kalach

  • Architects: Alberto Kalach
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Architect: Alberto Kalach
  • Project Team: Héctor Módica
  • Area: 1300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Pedro Rosenbleuth

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

Last week, we partnered with Moleskine to celebrate our 500,000 in Facebook! We asked you which architect would you like to see featured in Moleskine’s ‘Inspiration and Process in Architecture’ collection. We received more than 1,500 comments with great proposals for Moleskine to pick up. Here are the winners: Giancarlo De Carlo Moleskine: Suk Ho Lee BOLLES+WILSON Moleskine: Dan Selden Alberto Kalach Moleskine: Kartik Shah Zaha Hadid Moleskine: Alejandra Cortes The winners will be contacted at their emails. If you haven’t become a registered user yet, you can do so by clicking here. And follow us through Facebook and Twitter for many more features!

Vasconcelos Library / Alberto Kalach

  • Architects: Alberto Kalach
  • 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: Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre

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