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Mónica Arellano

Content Editor at ArchDaily Mexico. Architect by UNAM (2018). Her interests focus on exploring the relationship of the body with architecture through dance. She has collaborated with different international choreographers who explore dance and architecture as an event. Twitter / Instagram: @monicarellano_


A Photographic Tour of the “Casa de los Milagros” By Mexican Architect Danilo Veras Godoy

Casa de los milagros / Danilo Veras Godoy. Image © Naser Nader IbrahimCasa de los milagros / Danilo Veras Godoy. Image © Naser Nader IbrahimCasa de los milagros / Danilo Veras Godoy. Image © Naser Nader IbrahimCasa de los milagros / Danilo Veras Godoy. Image © Naser Nader Ibrahim+ 24

The "Casa de los Milagros" (House of Miracles), located in the cloudy forest on the outskirts of Xalapa, Veracruz and designed by Mexican architect Danilo Veras Godoy, is a space conceived with organic forms, earth, unexpectedly shaped openings and mosaic glass in different shades. It was designed to meet the needs of Rosalinda Ulloa, a single mother who would live there with her two young children. It was built in stages, starting in 1995, and was completed in 2002, with some changes being made between then and 2006.

Palm and Straw Roofs: Examples in Mexico That Explore Their Possibilities

Punta Caliza Hotel Holbox / ESTUDIO MACIAS PEREDO. Image © César BéjarCasa Chacala / CoA arquitectura + Estudio Macías Peredo. Image © Francisco Gutiérrez PeregrinaTemplo luum / CO-LAB Design Office. Image © César BéjarBungalow Litibú / PALMA. Image © Luis Young+ 38

Architecture in Mexico has a vast history that is made up of various aspects that touch astrological, political, spiritual and economic issues. Although today there are only ruins of some of the most important pre-Hispanic complexes, thanks to the in-depth research that has been carried out, we can have some representations of what those buildings that laid the foundations of what makes us today were like. In these representations, it is possible to notice the presence of natural materials that were a response to their environment such as basalt stone, stucco and some vegetable paintings whose remains persist to this day.

Architecture in Mexico: Projects to Explore the Territory of Puerto Vallarta

The Jazz Foundation / em-estudio . Image © Iván Esqueda MartínezMalecón Puerto Vallarta / Trama Arquitectos. Image © Alejandro CartagenaHotel Grand Park Royal Vallarta / Lucio Muniain. Image © Marcos BetanzosFarmacia del río / güey studio. Image © Eduardo Mendoza+ 8

Puerto Vallarta is a city located in the state of Jalisco, in the west region of the country facing the Pacific Ocean. It consists of 1,301 km² and, together with the Bahia de Banderas municipality of the Nayarit state, makes up the Metropolitan Zone of Puerto Vallarta, making it the second most populated of both states. Many are the reasons why Puerto Vallarta is one of the most important ports in Mexico, one of them being tourism at an international level, which has resulted in the city having one of the eight international airports in the country.

Architecture in Mexico: Projects that Highlight the Quintana Roo Territory

OCEANA Hotel / rdlp arquitectos. Image © Jorge TaboadaSabor a Miel / reyesrios+larraín arquitectos + Gabriel Konzevik. Image © Onnis LuqueAzul Nomeolvides Vacation Home / Samantha Calzada. Image © Bernardo Buendía BoschHouse Between Trees / AS Arquitectura. Image © David Cervera+ 14

There are several reasons why Quintana Roo —a state located in the southeastern region of Mexico— has an important cultural wealth. One of them is because of world-class tourism which has led it to have one of the eight international airports in Mexico in addition to being praised by the World Tourism Organization.

Mapping Frank Lloyd Wright's Creations throughout the United States

Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the most internationally influential American architects and is considered the forefather of organic architecture as well as the Modern and Prairie School Movements. Throughout the years, Wright's works have been awarded even more importance, with 8 gaining entry into the UNESCO World Heritage Site registry. 

Architecture in Mexico: Projects that Highlight the Hidalgo Territory

Apan Prototype / Francisco Pardo Arquitecto. Image © Jaime NavarroHilo House / Zeller & Moye. Image © Jaime NavarroDel territorio al habitante / Taller ADG. Image © Jaime NavarroSelf-Produced Rural Housing. Vivienda Rural Progresiva de Autoproducción Asistida / JC Arquitectura + Kiltro Polaris Arquitectura. Image © Jaime Navarro+ 15

Hidalgo is a landlocked state to the north of Mexico City and bordered by the states of San Luis Potosí, Veracruz, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Mexico, and Querétaro. It's territory spans 20,821 km² and it's the sixth smallest state in the country. It's capital and most populous city is Pachuca de Soto. Hidalgo's diverse cultural wealth comes from the various indigenous groups that call the state home, such as the Otomíes, the Nahuas, and the Tepehuas. Hidalgo's cultural heritage centers on the cuisine, the Fiesta de Toros, Huapango and Bandas de Viento music, the Charreria rodeo, and the Xantolo celebration.

Refurbishment, Adaptive Reuse and Extension of Apartments in Mexico

Edificio Dr Atl 285 / BAAQ'. Image © Arturo ArrietaMejora y ampliación Un Cuarto Más / Taller ADG. Image © Jaime NavarroUn Cuarto Más / ANTNA. Image © Jaime NavarroCasa Kaspé / Zeller & Moye. Image © Dane Alonso+ 13

It has become evident that the spaces we inhabit have changed. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to appreciate values as lighting, ventilation, and comfort when working in home.

Tatiana Bilbao Estudio to Design New Residential Development in Ecuador

© Tatiana BilbaoModel. Image © Tatiana Bilbao© Tatiana Bilbao© Tatiana Bilbao+ 9

Mexican firm Tatiana Bilbao Estudio has unveiled Botániqo, its new project in collaboration with the Ecuadorian firm Uribe Schwarzkopf in Quito, Ecuador. With over 12,000 km2, the project will cede 4,000 km2 to create a new transportation hub expected to service over 60,000 people per day, in addition to the creation of green space around the residential units.

Architecture in Mexico: Projects that Highlight the Estado de Mexico Territory

Palmas House / DOSA STUDIO. Image © Onnis LuqueLas Torres / Hierve-Diseñeria. Image © Rafael GamoSan José Station / FRPO Rodriguez & Oriol. Image © LGM StudioMartínez Mondragón House / AVM Arquitectura. Image © Álvaro Morera+ 34

There are several reasons why the Estado de Mexico (a state, not the country) is important not only at the national level but also because of its intrinsic relationship with Mexico City since 59 of its municipalities are considered part of the Metropolitan Area of the Valley of Mexico. In this area, there are a large number of industrial plants. In addition, it houses some of the most visited archaeological sites such as Teotihuacán, Tetzuco, Azcapotzalco, Chalco, and Amaquemecan.

Architecture in Mexico: Projects that Highlight the Colima Territory

Water House / Di Frenna Arquitectos. Image © Oscar HernándezNeró House / Di Frenna Arquitectos. Image © Lorena DarqueaHilca House / Di Frenna Arquitectos. Image © Oscar HernándezEntreparotas House / Di Frenna Arquitectos. Image © Lorena Darquea+ 13

There are several reasons why Colima is a Mexican state of relevant cultural wealth, one of them is due to its climate and orography where beaches such as Manzanillo and the Colima volcano are sheltered, facilitating tourism in this region. Moreover, the rich pre-Hispanic history signed on archaeological sites such as "El Chanal", "La Campana" and "Meseta de la Hierbabuena", as well as some important haciendas (farms) such as the Hacienda de Nogueras, Hacienda del Carmen and Hacienda San Antonio.

Commercial and Public Spaces: Aerial Photographs and an Interactive Map Help to Explore the Tianguis of Mexico City

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Commerce has seen many changes over the past few years, especially as people worldwide have found new ways to connect and work with one another. In spite of this rapid progress, traditional commerce and cultures remain strong in Mexico City's tianguis, derived from the Nahuatl word tianquiz(tli) for “market." These open air spaces have operated since before European invasion and colonization, when bartering was the primary means of commerce and transactions were done in large public areas like plazas and corridors. Eventually, products derived from copper and cacao became a form of currency with which to purchase basic necessities.

Architecture in Mexico: Projects that Highlight the Coast of Guerrero

Z House / Zozaya Arquitectos. Image © Rafael GamoLyons Garden House / Co Lateral. Image © Claudio NapolitanoVillas Finestre / CC Arquitectos. Image © Yoshihiro KoitaniLa Solana House / HGR Arquitectos + Diana Arnau. Image © Diana Arnau+ 13

Guerrero is a state in the southwest corner of Mexico that shares land borders with the State of Mexico, Morelos, Puebla, Oaxaca, and Michoacán and a coastline with the Pacific Ocean. With over 64,281 km² of territory, it is the twelfth most populated state in Mexico. It's capital city is Chilpancingo de Juárez and it's most populated city is Acapulco de Juárez.

Architecture in Mexico: Projects that Highlight the Morelos Territory

Central Gardens Jojutla / MMX. Image © Dane AlonsoTeopanzolco Cultural Center / Isaac Broid + PRODUCTORA. Image © Jaime NavarroLa Tallera / Frida Escobedo. Image © Rafael GamoLos Chocolates Community Development Center / Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo. Image © Rafael Gamo+ 28

Morelos is a state nestled in the south-central region of Mexico, surrounded by the states of Puebla, Guerrero, Estado de México, and Mexico City. With just over 4,893 km² of territory, it's Mexico's second smallest state. It's capital and largest city is Cuernavaca.

Graham Foundation Announces Names of 2021 Organizations Grant Recipients

The Graham Foundation has announced the award of 69 new scholarships to individuals around the world who support architectural projects. The funded projects represent diverse lines of research with original ideas that advance our understanding of the designed environment.

Selected from more than 500 proposals, the funded projects include exhibitions, publications, films, and performances that promote rigorous academic study, stimulate experimentation, and foster critical discourse in architecture. Innovative projects are led by established and emerging architects, artists, curators, filmmakers, historians, and photographers, among other professionals.

Architecture of Mexico: Projects that Highlight the State of Aguascalientes

Borregos Stadium / Arkylab + Mauricio Ruiz. Image © Oscar Hernándezceiba house / Jorge Ramirez. Image © Paulina OjedaLeona House/ Colectivo Arrabal. Image © Paulina OjedaColegio Nueva Era Álamo / HFS Arquitectos + MN Arquitectos. Image © Oscar Hernández+ 27

Aguascalientes is a small state in the heart of Mexico, located 480 km northeast of Mexico City and nestled between the states of Zacatecas and Jalisco. With just 5618 km² of territory, it is Mexico's third smallest state. It's capital and most populated city is Aguascalientes, or "hot waters" in English, is named for the numerous hot springs found throughout the area.

Architecture in Mexico: Projects that Highlight the Sonora Territory

Estadio Sonora / 3Arquitectura. Image Cortesía de Gobierno del Estado de SonoraCasa MRE / Imativa Arquitectos. Image © Alexander PotiomkiCasa Sal / Imativa Arquitectos. Image © Alexander PotiomkiLight / TAMEN arq. Image © Alexander Potiomki+ 12

Sonora is a state located in the northwestern region of Mexico geographically bordering the states of Arizona in the United States, Chihuahua, Sinaloa and facing the Sea of Cortez. It has 179,503 km² of surface being the second least extensive state in the country. Its capital and most populated city is Hermosillo. However, other important localities are Ciudad Obregón, Guaymas, Nogales, Agua Prieta and Navojoa.

Architecture as a Reflection of Migration Between Mexico and the United States

Dream House. Image © Sandra CalvoModel House. Image © Sandra CalvoInhabited House. Image © Sandra CalvoDream House. Image © Sandra Calvo+ 19

“Abandonment Copies” is a research project created between 2016 and 2018 by artist Sandra Calvo consisting of a film, archives, drawings, interviews, and a video display which was exhibited in the Mexican pavilion during the 2021 Biennial of Venice. The project highlights architecture as a reflection of the migration process between Mexico and the United States, comparing and contrasting the houses where migrants work in the US and the ones they build in Mexico with the remittances they send.