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In 4 Days, 100 Volunteers Used Mud and Reeds To Build This Community Center in Mexico

Developed by architects from Colectivo bma in Barranca de Huentitán, Guadalajara, Mexico, this new building for the Mexican Institute for Community Development (IMDEC) was built in just four days with the help of 100 volunteers.

The new facility includes both housing and meeting space, and was constructed using local building techniques and materials. Built with a concrete base, the walls were made using bahareque (reed frames and mud) and woven reed lattices that cover most of the building’s exterior. 

Learn more about the construction process after the break. 

Construction Process. Image © Pedro Bravo, Sofia Hernández, Francisco Martínez © Pedro Bravo, Sofia Hernández, Francisco Martínez © Pedro Bravo, Sofia Hernández, Francisco Martínez © Pedro Bravo, Sofia Hernández, Francisco Martínez

“Cube 2” Office Tower / Estudio Carme Pinós

  • Architects: Estudio Carme Pinós
  • Location: Paseo Royal Country 4596, 45136 Zapopan, Jal., Mexico
  • Author Architect : Carme Pinós
  • Architect In Charge: Juan Antonio Andreu
  • Area: 14800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Jordi Bernadó

© Jordi Bernadó © Jordi Bernadó © Jordi Bernadó © Jordi Bernadó

Rio Blanco Pavilion / Estudio Carme Pinós

  • Architects: Estudio Carme Pinós
  • Location: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Project Architect: Carme Pinós Desplat
  • Project Area: 75.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jordi Bernadó

© Jordi Bernadó © Jordi Bernadó © Jordi Bernadó © Jordi Bernadó

Ro House / Alexanderson Arquitectos

  • Architects: Alexanderson Arquitectos
  • Location: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Project And Construction: Pablo Alexanderson Silva
  • Project Area: 483.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Alexanderson Arquitectos

Courtesy of Alexanderson Arquitectos Courtesy of Alexanderson Arquitectos Courtesy of Alexanderson Arquitectos Courtesy of Alexanderson Arquitectos

Carmody Groarke To Design UK Pavilion For Mexico's 2015 Guadalajara Book Fair

The British Council recently announced that London-based practice Carmody Groarke have been selected to design the UK pavilion at the 2015 Feria Internacional del Libro (FIL) in Guadalajara, Mexico. The organisers of the international event, which is the largest literary festival in the Spanish speaking world, have chosen the UK to be this year's "Guest of Honour" as part of a bilateral initiative launched to "build, strengthen and celebrate the growing connections" between the two countries.

Hueso Restaurant / Cadena + Asociados

  • Architects: Cadena + Asociados
  • Location: Efraín González Luna, Guadalajara, JAL, Mexico
  • Project Architect: Ignacio Cadena
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro

LC BAR / Regaa Estudio Arquitectura

  • Architects: Regaa Estudio Arquitectura
  • Location: Guadalajara, JAL, Mexico
  • Area: 350.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Efraín Alvarado

© Efraín Alvarado © Efraín Alvarado © Efraín Alvarado © Efraín Alvarado

Gleason House Building / Trama Arquitectos

  • Architects: Trama Arquitectos
  • Location: Americana, Guadalajara, JAL, Mexico
  • Architectural Project: Jaime Castiello Chávez, Héctor Santana, Edgardo Sandoval, Carlos Haro, Jorge Ignacio Gutiérrez, Livier Miramontes, Héctor Lozano, Mario Rodríguez, Beatriz Orozco, Carmen Espinosa, Manuel Haro, Jaime Castiello Gómez Verea, Fernando Castiello, Miguel Martínez, Hugo Yáñez Ochoa, Susana Cortés, Juan Carlos Barriga
  • Area: 875.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Mito Covarrubias, Courtesy of Trama Arquitectos

© Mito Covarrubias © Mito Covarrubias © Mito Covarrubias © Mito Covarrubias

LoMa Chapalita / Elías Rizo Architects

  • Architects: Elías Rizo Architects
  • Location: Guadalajara, JAL, Mexico
  • Collaborators: Jenny Mora,
Paola Hernández, Alma Osnaya,
Jenny Camarena, Gabriela Chávez, Roberto Contreras, Rigo González, Juan Antonio Avelar, Andrea Zúñiga, Daniela Valdez, Maripily Roel, Diana Reséndiz y Rodrigo Ortega
  • Structural Engineering: LOES Ingenieros
  • Plumbing: GEFLUSA
  • Electrical: CG Engineering
  • Air Conditioning: Airesistemas
  • Lighting: Construlita
  • Area: 7279.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Marcos García

© Marcos García © Marcos García © Marcos García © Marcos García

Palmas Seis House / POMC arquitecto

  • Architects: POMC arquitecto
  • Location: ZAPOPAN, JALISCO
  • Project Architect: Paul Octavio Medina Campuzano
  • Collaborators: Alejandro Apolinar, Judy Jimenez, Roberto Machuca
  • Project Area: 390.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photography: Maggie Manzano

© Maggie  Manzano © Maggie  Manzano © Maggie  Manzano © Maggie  Manzano

Rebollar Complex / SANTOSCREATIVOS + E85

Courtesy of SANTOSCREATIVOS + E85
Courtesy of SANTOSCREATIVOS + E85
  • Architects: SANTOSCREATIVOS, E85
  • Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Project Architects: Victor H. Valverde Hernández, Diego García Córdoba, Saúl Figueroa Orendain
  • Project Area: 553.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photography: Courtesy of SANTOSCREATIVOS + E85

Courtesy of SANTOSCREATIVOS + E85 Courtesy of SANTOSCREATIVOS + E85 Courtesy of SANTOSCREATIVOS + E85 Courtesy of SANTOSCREATIVOS + E85

Winner of Concurso Centro Cultural Chapultepec / Javier Mosquera González

Designed by Javier Mosquera González, the Winner of the Contest for the Cultural Center of Chapultepec, pretends to act as a lighthouse of culture, including intermediate spaces, high rise gardens and a sequence of solid and filtered spaces.

Cultural Center in Guadalajara Competition Entry / K+P Architects

The proposal for the Cultural Center in Guadalajara draws its inspiration from the following definition of culture by Pufendorf: “All the ways in which human beings overcome their original barbarism, and through artifice, become fully human”. Through this definition, this design by K+P Architects focuses on two different states of the building: The primitive state and the social state. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Cultural Center in Guadalajara Competition Entry / PM²G Architects

Designed by PM²G Architects, in collaboration with Satellite Architectes & Menu Design, their iconic proposal project for a new cultural center in Guadalajara embodies and catalyzes the cultural scene over the Chapultepec Avenue besides forming a new attraction for the city. Their design, which was awarded an honorable mention, includes a series of three alternate solids that are combined with transparent and concave spaces. The rotation of the volumes towards the sky gives the building its dynamic and spectacular force. More images and architects’ description after the break.

EM House / TaAG Arquitectura

  • Architects: TaAG Arquitectura
  • Location: Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Architect In Charge: Gerardo Ayala García de Quevedo
  • Construction: Arturo Ruiz Olmedo
  • Plot: 645 sqm
  • Area: 633.0 sqm
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: Jorge Silva

© Jorge Silva © Jorge Silva © Jorge Silva © Jorge Silva

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

© Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani © Yoshihiro Koitani

Chilean Pavilion at Guadalajara’s International Book Fair / DAW

Courtesy of DAW
Courtesy of DAW

The proposal for the Chilean Pavilion at Guadalajara’s International Book Fair, designed by DAW, consists in generating a great container that permits a greater presence within the exhibition center and the easy recognition as an icon. As a grand “open house” being the principal concept, the thematic exposition of Chile is prepared in outdoor spaces, consisting primarily in a furnished base and a wooden deck. More images and architects’ description after the break.