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

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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 ) and woven reed lattices that cover most of the building’s exterior.

Learn more about the construction process after the break.

“Cube 2” Office Tower / Estudio Carme Pinós

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Architects: Estudio Carme Pinós
Location: Paseo Royal Country 4596, 45136 , Jal.,
Architect In Charge: Carme Pinós
Area: 17500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jordi Bernadó

Rio Blanco Pavilion / Estudio Carme Pinós

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

Ro House / Alexanderson Arquitectos

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

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

Conceptual Design. Image Courtesy of Carmody Groarke

The recently announced that London-based practice Carmody Groarke have been selected to design the 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

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

EGL1916 / Alvaro Moragrega arquitecto

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Architects: Alvaro Moragrega arquitecto
Location: , JAL, Mexico
Area: 1320.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jaime Navarro

LC BAR / Regaa Estudio Arquitectura

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

Gleason House Building / Trama Arquitectos

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Architects: Trama Arquitectos
Location: Americana, , 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
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mito Covarrubias, Courtesy of

LoMa Chapalita / Elías Rizo Architects

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Architects: Elías Rizo Architects
Location: , JAL,
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
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marcos García

Palmas Seis House / POMC arquitecto

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Architects: POMC arquitecto
Location: , Jalisco,
Project Architect: Paul Octavio Medina Campuzano
Collaborators: Alejandro Apolinar, Judy Jimenez, Roberto Machuca
Project Area: 390 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Maggie Manzano

Rebollar Complex / SANTOSCREATIVOS + E85


Location: ,
Project Architects: Victor H. Valverde Hernández, Diego García Córdoba, Saúl Figueroa Orendain
Project Area: 553 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of SANTOSCREATIVOS + E85

Winner of Centro Cultural Chapultepec Competition / Javier Mosquera González

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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

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The proposal for the Cultural Center in 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

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Designed by PM²G Architects, in collaboration with Satellite Architectes & Menu Design, their iconic proposal project for a new cultural center in 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

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Architects: TaAG Arquitectura
Location: , Jalisco,
Architect In Charge: Gerardo Ayala García de Quevedo
Construction: Arturo Ruiz Olmedo
Plot: 645 sqm
Area: 633 sqm
Year: 2012
Photography: Jorge Silva

French-Mexican School / Alberto Kalach

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Architects: Alberto Kalach
Location: Guadalajara, , Mexico
Architects: , Juan Palomar, Héctor Módica
Design Team: Taller de Arquitectura X 
Photographs: Yoshihiro Koitani

Chilean Pavilion at Guadalajara’s International Book Fair / DAW

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The proposal for the Chilean Pavilion at ’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.