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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

Pavilion for the Culture Fair / PRODUCTORA

  • Architects: PRODUCTORA
  • Location: Zócalo, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06010 Ciudad de México, D.F.
  • Architect In Charge: Carlos Bedoya, Víctor Jaime, Wonne Ickx, Abel Perles
  • Area: 150.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Luis Gallardo

© Luis Gallardo © Luis Gallardo © Luis Gallardo © Luis Gallardo

Exhibition: In Between Projects / PRODUCTORA

The architectural firm PRODUCTORA, based in Mexico City, is presenting 9 unbuilt projects that have a clear relation to geometry and mathematical composition. Large-scale models, made in collaboration with students at Woodbury University are presented together with black and white CAD drawing that clarify the main conceptual aspect of the building. 

Dogchitecture, Inspired by "Architecture for Dogs"

Dogchitecture is an exhibit inspired by Architecture for Dogs”, a project by Japan's Kenya Hara that sought to reinvent the doghouse and integrate it into the world of design.

10 Mexican offices took part in the initiative, including: BNKR ArquitecturaRojkind ArquitectosBroissinPRODUCTORAa-001Taller 13, PMS Arch BuroROW StudioLaboratorio Arquitectura Básica y ESOS

Emerging Voices 2013: PRODUCTORA

Selected for this year's Emerging Voices of the Architectural League of New York, PRODUCTORA of Mexico City will be delivering a lecture this Thursday, March 28th, at 7:00pm at the Scholastic Auditorium. PRODUCTORA was selected for their distinct design voice and their potential to influence architecture on a global scale. Being named an Emerging Voice is one of the most coveted awards in North American architecture, and the program has an excellent thirty year track record of identifying and nurturing firms that go on to have influential practices.

Other winning firms included in this year's selection are Cao-Perrot Studio of Los Angeles and Paris, DIGSAU of Philadelphia, dlandstudio of Brooklyn, Gracia Studio of Tijuana and San Diego, MASS Design Group of Boston and Kigali, Rwanda, Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects of San Francisco, and SO-IL of New York City. For more information on the event, please visit here.

Architectural League Announces 2013 Winners of Emerging Voices Award

Kukje Art Gallery, Seoul (South Korea) / SO-IL, credit: Iwan Baan
Kukje Art Gallery, Seoul (South Korea) / SO-IL, credit: Iwan Baan

Emerging Voices is an award developed by the Architecture League of New York that annually selects eight practitioners in a juried portfolio selection.  Award recipients are selected from the disciplines of architecture, landscape design and urbanism and display the sensibility of the profession in light of the larger issues related to the built environment.  This year's selection includes: SO-ILPRODUCTORAOgrydziak Prillinger ArchitectsMASS Design Groupgraciastudio , dland studioDIGSAU, and cao | perrot Studio.

Details after the break. 

Call Center Churubusco / + PRODUCTORA

  • Architects Office: PRODUCTORA
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Collaborator: Jorge Cárdenas
  • Area: 2700.0 msqm
  • Year: 2008
  • Photography: Paul Czitrom

© Paul Czitrom © Paul Czitrom © Paul Czitrom © Paul Czitrom

House in Tlayacapan / PRODUCTORA

  • Architects Office: PRODUCTORA
  • Location: Morelos, México
  • Collaborators: Amauri Sidh, Sonia Starck, Iván Villegas
  • Area: 90.0 sqm
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: Cortesia de PRODUCTORA

Courtesy of PRODUCTORA Courtesy of PRODUCTORA Courtesy of PRODUCTORA Courtesy of PRODUCTORA

Celeste Champagne & Tea Room / PRODUCTORA

  • Architects Office: PRODUCTORA
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Architects: Carlos Bedoya, Victor Jaime, Wonne Ickx, Abel Perles
  • Collaborators: David Ortega, Félix Guillén, Jorge Fernández, Laura Rodríguez, Diego Escamilla, Iván Villegas
  • Area: 160.0 sqm
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo

A47 Mobile Art Library / PRODUCTORA

  • Architects Office: PRODUCTORA
  • Location: Mexico City, México
  • Design Team: Carlos Bedoya, Victor Jaime, Wonne Ickx, Abel Perles
  • Collaborators: Guillermina Ceci, Lucrecia Sodo, Uriel Piña, Iván Villegas, Charlotte Martinot
  • Client: Alumnos 47
  • Area: 20.0 sqm
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: Luis Gallardo

© Luis Gallardo © Luis Gallardo © Luis Gallardo © Luis Gallardo

Centre for Promotion of Science proposal / Paisajes Emergentes + Productora

Courtesy of Paisajes Emergentes + Productora
Courtesy of Paisajes Emergentes + Productora

Paisajes Emergentes, along with Productora, shared with us their proposal for the Centre for Promotion of Science Competition in Belgrade, Serbia. More images and architect’s description after the break.

House in Chihuahua / PRODUCTORA

  • Architects: PRODUCTORA
  • Location: Chihuahua, Mexico
  • Architect: PRODUCTORA - Carlos Bedoya, Wonne Ickx, Victor Jaime, Abel Perles
  • Collaborators: Fernando Sánchez, Ross Adams, Jorge Cárdenas, Iván Villegas, Thorsten Englert
  • Structural Engineering: José Ramón Castillo
  • Garden Design: Rocio Amarante
  • Construction: Baraka
  • Air Conditioning: Corbik
  • Heating: Enrique Wide
  • Carpentry: Eduardo Morales
  • Kitchen Installation: Medel Rust
  • Area: 375.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008

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Mixcoac House / FRENTE + PRODUCTORA

  • Architects: FRENTE, PRODUCTORA
  • Location: Mixcoac, Benito Juárez, 03910 Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
  • Architects: FRENTE / Juan Pablo Maza + PRODUCTORA
  • Project Team: Juan Pablo Maza, Carlos Bedoya, Wonne Ickx, Victor Jaime, Abel Perles, David Ortega, Gabriela Morales, Veronica Espinosa, Jair Calderon
  • Structural Engieering: Oscar Trejo
  • Area: 92.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2006

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ORDOS 100 #21: PRODUCTORA

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: PRODUCTORA / Carlos Bedoya, Victor Jaime, Wonne Ickx, Abel Perles Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Collaborators: Karel Vancura, Diana León, Iván Villegas, Diego Escamilla Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox