Falcon Headquarters 2 / Rojkind Arquitectos + Gabriela Etchegaray

12:00 - 11 March, 2015
Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro
Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro
  • Architects

  • 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
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro

Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro +29

The Barrancas House / EZEQUIELFARCA arquitectura y diseño

01:00 - 10 February, 2015
© Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe +27

Arquine Launches Competition No. 17: Eastern Metropolitan Green Lung

00:00 - 28 January, 2015

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, Arquine is asking: What could be the vocation of the [future, ex] International Airport Benito Juarez of Mexico 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

01:00 - 8 January, 2015
Courtesy of Felipe Correa and Carlos Garciavelez Alfaro
Courtesy of Felipe Correa 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 Mexico City.

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.

Courtesy of Felipe Correa and Carlos Garciavelez Alfaro Courtesy of Felipe Correa and Carlos Garciavelez Alfaro Courtesy of Felipe Correa and Carlos Garciavelez Alfaro Courtesy of Felipe Correa and Carlos Garciavelez Alfaro +11

Havre 69 / at103 + Reurbano

01:00 - 24 December, 2014
© Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo
  • Architects

    at103, Reurbano
  • Location

    Havre 69, Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
  • 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 © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo +16

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

01:00 - 16 December, 2014
Museo Soumaya / FR-EE. Image © Rafael Gamo
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.

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 +9

JAHN and ADG Unveil Mexico City’s Newest Baseball Stadium

00:00 - 8 December, 2014
© JAHN and ADG
© JAHN and ADG

JAHN and ADG have released designs for Los Diablos Rojos del Mexico’s new home stadium in Mexico City. 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. 

© JAHN and ADG © JAHN and ADG © JAHN and ADG © JAHN and ADG +20

CdV House / DDA Despacho de Arquitectura

01:00 - 5 December, 2014
© Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa

© Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa +20

Cicerón 406 / JVC Arq

01:00 - 1 December, 2014
© Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cicerón 406, Polanco, 11550 Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • 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

© Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa +45

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

00:00 - 21 November, 2014
© Audi Urban Future Iniative
© Audi Urban Future Iniative

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. 

Mexico 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 “Laboratorio para la Ciudad.” 

Learn more about the winning project after the break. 

Santa Catarina House / Ludens

01:00 - 16 November, 2014
© Angélica Ibarra
© Angélica Ibarra
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Architecture

    Iván Hernández
  • Design Team

    Tiago Pinto + Anna Mieszek + Antonio García + Juan Vázquez
  • Project Area

    300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Angélica Ibarra © Angélica Ibarra © Angélica Ibarra © Angélica Ibarra +32

CEMEX Unveils Winners of the XXIII Building Awards

00:00 - 6 November, 2014

CEMEX 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

01:00 - 23 October, 2014
© Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro
  • Architects

  • Location

    Insurgentes Sur, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Architects in Charge

    Michel Rojkind y Gerardo Salinas
  • Project Area

    825 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro +24

Interactive Infographic Tracks the Growth of the World's Megacities

00:00 - 11 October, 2014
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
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

01:00 - 10 October, 2014
Courtesy of Arditti + RDT arquitectos
Courtesy of Arditti + RDT arquitectos

Courtesy of Arditti + RDT arquitectos Courtesy of Arditti + RDT arquitectos Courtesy of Arditti + RDT arquitectos Courtesy of Arditti + RDT arquitectos +44

Tres Picos 97 / D+S Arquitectos

01:00 - 7 October, 2014
Courtesy of D+S Arquitectos
Courtesy of D+S Arquitectos

The development is located on a rectangular plot of 450 m2, with a 21 mt frontage.

JAHN, LOGUER + ADG Presents Proposal for New Mexico City Airport

01:00 - 21 September, 2014
Courtesy of JAHN
Courtesy of JAHN

Francisco Gonzalez-Pulido, chief designer and president of JAHN, has shared with us his net-zero design proposal for the new Mexico City International Airport competition. Similar to the Norman Foster and Fernando Romero's winning design, JAHN's proposal is a symbiotic blend of sensitive cultural meaning and powerful energy efficiency. As per competition requirements to pair an international firm with a Mexican firm, the project was the result of a collaboration with local architects Francisco Lopez-Guerra of LOGUER and Alonso de Garay of ADG

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VIDEO: Time-Lapse Through FR-EE's Museo Soumaya

00:00 - 15 September, 2014

German photographer Yannick Wegner has shared with us his latest time-lapse exploration through the Museo Soumaya. Designed by FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise, the 150-foot structure has become iconic in Mexico City’s Polanco district due to its sculptural physique and scale-like skin of 16,000 mirrored steel hexagonal tiles.

Stills of the museum, after the break...