MEXTRÓPOLI: The First International Festival of Architecture & the City

Building upon its 15 years of experience, the Arquine Conference presents MEXTRÓPOLI, a festival that will position Mexico City as an epicenter of architecture and a leader in creative transformation.

MEXTRÓPOLI is a critical project that will encourage and promote culture, urban regeneration, and the artistic heritage of Mexico city.

MEXTRÓPOLI will host over 30 academic, cultural and tourist activities, held principally in the historic center of the city.

MEXTRÓPOLI invites the public to connect to the city in six different ways:


Conferences with leaders in architecture and urban design, concentrating on different disciplinary approaches from different countries around the world.

Antanas Mockus – Colombia | Former Mayor of Bogota 
Jaime Lerner – Brazil | Former Mayor of Curitiba

Jordi Hereu – Spain | Former Mayor of Barcelona 
Eduardo Souto de Moura - Portugal
Richard Burdett – UK
Stefano Boeri – Italy

Rudi Ricciotti – France
Juan Villoro – Mexico

Bijoy Jain | Studio Mumbai - India 
Winka Dubbeldam – USA
David Lida – USA
Pedro Reyes – Mexico 
Iwan Baan – The Netherlands
Anish Kapoor – India
Alejandro González Iñarritu – Mexico
Antonio Cruz | Cruz & Ortiz – Spain
Jose Castillo – Mexico
Hans Ulrich Olbrist – UK
Mathias Müller + Daniel Niggli | EM2N – Switzerland
David Assael + David Basulto | Archdaily – Chile 
* others to confirm

Round Tables./
Table discussion and brief presentation by chroniclers of Mexico City, giving their different perspectives on the city.

Urban Dialogues: Table discussion and brief presentation by urbanists, with the goal of presenting and discussing the main strategies for the development of Mexico City.

Political Dialogues: Table discussion and brief presentation by former mayors who have been key players in the transformation of model cities.

Points of Activity./
City Talk: Speaker Corner, where throughout the festival they will be gathering citizens' opinions via open mikes and recordings.

Mobile Agora: A unique mode of transportation with multiples uses designed by artist Pedro Reyes in collaboration with Pase Usted, meant to generate micro-debates among citizens.

Civic Stage: A program of Spoken, Physical, and Urban Acts. Raise your voice in order to create civic spaces and explore the theatricality of public acts that inspire and reach broad and diverse audiences. Designed by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo and implemented in the Lisbon Architecture Triennale.

Parasite: Organized by the laboratory for the city (Urban Management Agency), an organism capable of adapting to the conditions of the city to collect the dialogues, ideas and concerns of citizens. At the same time, it promotes talks and events that activate the area in which it's inserted.

Micro-urbanism Workshop: Workshops conducted by Casa Vecina del Centro Histórico, regenerating small residual areas of the city through specific interventions.

City Workshop: The collective Somos Mexas, from Barrio de la Merced, discuss producing short documentaries on the theme of the city.

Pocket Park: A small area will be recovered for the enjoyment of the community. Held jointly with the Public Space Authority of the GDF.

Mural Workshop: A project by All City Canvas to promote the creation of community around the realization of a mural in a public space.

Documentary Film: Premiere of shorts and documentaries on architecture and the city that use Mexico City as their backdrop.

Lighting: Lighting Project Presentation, by post-graduate students in Lighting Design at the UPC + Arquine, that will use lighting in different spaces within a public building.

Architectonic routes. /
Arquine routes: On Sunday, March 23, cycling/walking along the Historic Center of Mexico City. Registration required.

Tolsa Road / Bike Route 100 x 100 / Monographic Modern-Juan Sordo Road / Route of the Markets - La Merced (Somos Mexas) / tours GDF - recovered buildings / Route Ciudad Universitaria UNAM

Urban Routes. /
Open Architecture: Tour buildings of historical and architectural value in the historical center. Project in partnership with Abierto Mexicano de Diseño. Registration required.

Public tours. /
Sunday Bike Ride (GDF): Proposed for Sunday, March 23rd.

Race DF: Race for runners, led by the Head of Government.

The great public festival that is MEXTROPOLI.

MEXTROPOLI is estimated to host 800 thousand people throughout the festival; 300,000 users in perimeter A in the Historical Center; 150,000 members of the Arquine community; 5,000 conference attendees. Twenty million citizens will be impacted through the media diseminating the event.

More information at:

  • Título

    MEXTRÓPOLI, Primer Festival Internacional de Arquitectura y Cine
  • Sitio Web

  • Organizadores

  • Desde

    March 22, 2014 03:27 PM
  • Hasta

    March 26, 2014 03:27 PM
  • Lugar

    Ciudad de México
  • Dirección

    Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico

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Cite: "MEXTRÓPOLI: The First International Festival of Architecture & the City" [MEXTRÓPOLI, Primer Festival Internacional de Arquitectura y Ciudad] 11 Dec 2013. ArchDaily. (Trans. Quirk, Vanessa) Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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