LPZ House / Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop

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Architects: Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop
Location: City, Federal District,
Area: 450.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Rafael Gamo

Cordoba-ReUrbano Housing Building / Cadaval & Solà-Morales

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Architects: Cadaval & Solà-Morales
Location: City, Federal District,
Architects In Charge: Eduardo Cadaval, Clara Solà-Morales.
Area: 2200.0 sqm
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

Antara I Corporate Building / Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

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Arquitectos: Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
Location: Avenida Ejército Nacional, Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo, , Mexico
Project Architect: Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas
Project Area: 157000.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Rivera

Falcon Headquarters 2 / Rojkind Arquitectos + Gabriela Etchegaray

Courtesy of , © Jaime Navarro

Architects: Rojkind Arquitectos,
Location: Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Architects In Charge: Michel Rojkind, Gerardo Salinas, Gabriela Etchegaray
Design Team: Barbara Trujillo, Gerardo Villanueva, Gerardo Reyes, Carlos Campos, Andrea León
Area: 1650.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro

The Barrancas House / EZEQUIELFARCA arquitectura y diseño

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Architects: EZEQUIELFARCA arquitectura y diseño
Location: , Federal District, Mexico
Design Team: Ezequiel Farca, Cristina Grappin, Fernanda de la Mora.
Area: 720.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Roland Halbe, Jaime Navarro

Arquine Launches Competition No. 17: Eastern Metropolitan Green Lung

Held annually since 1998, the Arquine International Architecture Competition explores important and relevant topics for society as a whole, creating a space for dialogue and promoting active participation of both national and international architects. It has become one of the best architecture ideas competitions, with over 400 teams from more than 21 countries participating last year.

This year, is asking: What could be the vocation of the [future, ex] International Airport Benito Juarez of City? Following the announcement that Mexico City’s new international airport will be constructed in Texcoco, this competition aims to generate proposals for the [future] urban zone. Comprised of a total of 746 acres, the area has the potential to become a catalyst for development and growth of the eastern part of one of the most complex and populated cities in the world.

Determining the future use of the space now occupied by the International Airport Benito Juarez in Mexico City is one of the most interesting urban development challenges worldwide. The public competition offers a way to dig into the potential use of the area and explore the possibility of creating a large green area in the eastern part of Mexico City.

Making Complex Systems Visible: “Between Geometry and Geography” Carefully Uncovers the Layers of Mexico City

Courtesy of and Carlos Garciavelez Alfaro

I always book a window seat when flying into Mexico City. It guarantees exposing the traveler to the exhilarating immensity of the city and the valley that barely contains it: a blunt encounter of geometry and geography indeed. Braving traffic I arrive to my hotel in the historic center and the first morning, over breakfast and with those aerial images still fresh in my mind, I invariably marvel at the fact that I have just had a hot shower and that I am enjoying, as usual, excellent huevos rancheros. “How did these eggs get here?” I wonder. The thoughts quickly dissipate as one is engulfed by the many renowned attractions of .

Felipe Correa and Carlos Garciavelez Alfaro have chosen not to be distracted. Their book, “Between Geometry and Geography: Mexico City”, is an ambitious portrait of Mexico City that avoids reading the city through the singularities of its monuments. They have produced instead a stunning graphic biography of the metropolis, focusing on the infrastructures that have shaped the city and make it function today and speculating on opportunities for future multifunctional infrastructures.

Havre 69 / at103 + Reurbano

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Architects: at103,
Location: Havre 69, Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, D.F.,
Project Architects: Francisco Pardo + Julio Amezcua (at103)
Design Team: Luis Guízar, Karen Burkart, Alan Orozco, José Luis Fajardo, Stephan Rasinger, Aarón Rivera
Development: Rodrigo Rivero Borrell Wheatley, Alberto Kritzler Ring, Christian Dávila, Sergio Rojas, Uriel Becker (Reurbano)
Bakery Design: Jaime Serra
Project Area: 1506.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Rafael Gamo

The Mexican Moment: The Rise of Architecture’s Latest Design Capital

Museo Soumaya / FR-EE. Image © Rafael Gamo

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.

JAHN and ADG Unveil Mexico City’s Newest Baseball Stadium

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JAHN and ADG have released designs for Los Diablos Rojos del Mexico’s new home stadium in . Scheduled to open in the city’s Magdalena Mixhuca sports complex in 2017, the 13000-seat “Estadio Diablos” will feature a “monumental lightweight” roof structure that resembles Diablos’ trident. 

“Indicative of the sky, the roof design is sharp, translucent, luminous and dynamic,” says JAHN. “Composed of lightweight steel wrapped in PTFE textile material, the roof will become an iconic symbol for the great City of Mexico.”

More on the stadium’s design, after the break. 

CdV House / DDA Despacho de Arquitectura

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Architects: DDA Despacho de Arquitectura
Location: City, Federal District,
Architect In Charge: Omar Rendón, José Luis López de la C.
Project Team: Artemio García Diaz
Translation: Pilar IslasE
Area: 356.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Luis Gordoa

Cicerón 406 / JVC Arq

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Architects: JVC arq
Location: Cicerón 406, Polanco, 11550 City, Federal District,
Architectural Design: José Vigil Carvallo, Juan Carlos Pérez Zamora
Structural Design: Octavio Barón Luna
Construction: Marco Vigil Carvallo
Facade Screens Design: Ariel Rojo
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Luis Gordoa

Audi Urban Future Award 2014: Transforming Urban Mobility Through “Data Donors”

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Every two years Audi hosts the Audi Urban Future Award (AUFA), which challenges cities from different parts of the world to investigate future mobility trends and come up with innovative solutions. This year AUFA selected Mexico City, Boston, Berlin and Seoul to participate in the challenge and respond to the question: how will data shape mobility in the megacities of the future? These four groups were asked to create a vision for how their city could use data in a strategic way, taking into consideration innovative energy solutions, sustainability, feasibility and the potential for their ideas to be implemented in other cities.

City’s team took home first place with their “operative system for urban mobility,” which centered around a data platform that cities can use to structure their urban traffic planning. Their system was also based around the idea that citizens themselves can become “data donors” and use the system to make informed decisions on how they move about the city. The team was comprised of architect and urbanist José Castillo, researcher Carlos Gershenson and the city government’s experimental lab “.”

Learn more about the winning project after the break.

Santa Catarina House / Ludens

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Architects: Ludens
Location: , Federal District,
Architecture: Iván Hernández
Design Team: Tiago Pinto + Anna Mieszek + Antonio García + Juan Vázquez
Project Area: 300.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Angélica Ibarra, Courtesy of Briefcase

CEMEX Unveils Winners of the XXIII Building Awards

has announced both the international and national winners of the XXIII Building Awards, which aim to recognize the best architecture and construction both internationally and within Mexico. All projects were reviewed by a panel of judges comprised of some of the most important and prestigious representatives of the industry at an international level.

The international awards recognizing housing, institutional/industrial and large-scale infrastructure projects that were built during 2013 and stand out for their constructive solutions, aesthetics and innovative techniques. Finalist projects ranged from Frank Gehry’s Biomuseo in Panama to Plan B Arquitectos’ Click Clack Hotel in Bogotá, Colombia, covering a range of countries and architectural styles.

The CEMEX Building Award is itself a unique piece of art created by Mexican sculptor Miguel Angel Gonzalez and made out of black marble and concrete.

Read on after the break for both the international and national winners…

Liverpool Insurgentes Department Store / Rojkind Arquitectos

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Architects: Rojkind Arquitectos
Location: Insurgentes Sur, , Federal District, Mexico
Architects In Charge: y Gerardo Salinas
Project Area: 825 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Jaime Navarro

Interactive Infographic Tracks the Growth of the World’s Megacities

Tokyo remains the world’s largest city, but is beginning to see competition from the world’s other megacities. Image © Flickr CC User Les Taylor

With more than 7 billion people now alive, the greatest population growth over the last century has occurred in urban areas. Now, a new series of interactive maps entitled “The Age of Megacities” and developed by software company ESRI allows us to visualize these dramatic effects and see just how this growth has shaped the geography of 10 of the world’s 28 megacities. Defined as areas with continuous urban development of over 10 million people, the number of megacities in the world is expected to increase, and while Tokyo still tops the list as the world’s largest megacity, other cities throughout Asia are quickly catching up. Find out more after the break.

Reforma Diana Corporate Building / Arditti + RDT arquitectos

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Architects: Arditti + RDT arquitectos
Location: Paseo de la Reforma, , Federal District,
Area: 33800.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Arditti + RDT arquitectos