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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

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Ro House Tapalpa / Elías Rizo Arquitectos

© Marcos García
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Architects: Elías Rizo Arquitectos Location: Tapalpa, Jalisco, México Architects: Elías Rizo Suárez, Alejandro Rizo Suárez Collaborators: Rigo González and Gabriela Chávez Project Year: 2008 Photographs: Marcos García

© Marcos García
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