Falcon Headquarters 2 / Rojkind Arquitectos + Gabriela Etchegaray

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Architects: Rojkind Arquitectos,
Location: , 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

Mercado Roma / Rojkind Arquitectos + Cadena y Asociados

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Architects: Rojkind Arquitectos
Location: Querétaro, Roma Norte, Cuauhtémoc, 06700 Ciudad de México, DF,
Architects In Charge: Michel Rojkind, Gerardo Salinas
Design Team: Barbara Trujillo, Adrian Aguilar, Adrián Krezlik, Rodrigo Flores, Rodrigo Medina, Andrea León, Beatriz Zavala
Area: 1750.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro

Spotlight: Luis Barragán

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“The Art of Seeing. It is essential to an architect to know how to see: I mean, to see in such a way that the vision is not overpowered by rational analysis.” – Luis Barragán

One of ’s greatest architects, Luis Ramiro Barragán Morfín (March 9, 1902 – November 22, 1988) revolutionized modern architecture in the country with his use of bright colors reminiscent of the traditional architecture of Mexico, and with works such as his Casa Barragán, the Chapel of the Capuchinas, the Torres de Satélite, “Los Clubes” (Cuadra San Cristobal and Fuente de los Amantes), and the Casa Gilardi, among many others.

Niop Hacienda / AS arquitectura + R79

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Architects: AS arquitectura, R79
Location: Champoton, Campeche, Mexico
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: David Cervera Castro

Ro House / Alexanderson Arquitectos

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

B”O Hotel / Muro Rojo Arquitectura

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Architects: Muro Rojo Arquitectura
Location: 5 de Mayo 38, De La Merced, 29240 San Cristóbal de Las Casas, CHIS,
Project Direction: Elizabeth Gómez Coello, Jorge Medina Robles, Germán Velasco Espinosa
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Jaime Navarro

Montebello 321 / Jorge Bolio Arquitectura

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Architects: Jorge Bolio Arquitectura
Location: 97139 , Yucatan,
Project Architect: Jorge Bolio Rojas
Project Area: 640.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: David Cervera

Cumbres House / DCPP arquitectos

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Architects: DCPP arquitectos
Location: Federal District,
Project Architect: Pablo Pérez Palacios, Alfonso de la Concha Rojas
Project Area: 800.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Rafael Gamo

SJA I House / CDM Arquitectos

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Architects: CDM Arquitectos
Location: Michoacán,
Project Architects: Javier Dueñas Estrada , Alvaro Gonzalez Guerra Gomez
Project Area: 1427.0 m2
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Rory Gardiner, Marcos García

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

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The 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, . 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.

8 Gardens House / Goko MX

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Architects: Goko MX
Location: Cuernavaca, MOR,
Project Architects: Christopher Koehn, Jose Martín González
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Aki Itami R.

The Barrancas House / EZEQUIELFARCA arquitectura y diseño

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Architects: EZEQUIELFARCA arquitectura y diseño
Location: City, Federal District,
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 ? 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.

Spotlight: Félix Candela

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“Every work of art is an interpretation of the world, of what you are thinking; a realization of your perception which creates and attempts a different world. In the end, a work of art is merely an offering to art.”

Mexican-Spanish architect Félix Candela (Jan 27, 1910-Dec 7, 1997) was known for redefining the role of the architect in relation to structural problems, and played a crucial role in the development of new structural forms of concrete. His famous experimentation with concrete gave rise to projects like the Los Manantiales restaurant in the Xochimilco area of Mexico City and the Cosmic Rays Pavilion for the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Learn more about Candela after the break.

Sol 25 / Proyecto Cafeína

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Architects: Proyecto Cafeína
Location: Cholula, 72760 Cholula de Rivadavia (San Pedro Cholula), Puebla,
Project Area: 160.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Patrick López Jaimes

Datri & Dasa House / [mavarq]

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Architects: [mavarq]
Location: , Hidalgo,
Project Architect: Marco Velázquez
Associate Architect: Lorenzo Álvarez
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Jaime Navarro

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

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

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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.