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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_

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16 Ephemeral Installations Designed by Mexican Architects

04:00 - 4 May, 2019

As we have seen throughout the history of architecture, ephemeral installations and pavilions are important tools for talking about specific moments in architecture in an almost immediate way. While it is true some pavilions have been so relevant that they broke with their ephemeral quality to become permanent, such as the German Pavilion in Barcelona, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich, most are documented in photographs, plans and experiences to be rewritten in future projects.

Soy de Azteca: A Photographic Essay of Aesthetics in Mexico's Periphery

04:00 - 2 May, 2019
Soy de Azteca: A Photographic Essay of Aesthetics in Mexico's Periphery, Aerial view. Image © Zaickz Moz
Aerial view. Image © Zaickz Moz

"Soy de Azteca" (Or "I'm from Azteca") is a photographic project by Zaickz Moz that seeks to re-think the expressions of community and identity of the periphery of Mexico City—which is becoming more diffuse and overflows beyond its geographical limits. The objective of this project is to re-think the interpretations of community and identity of the residents of Ciudad Azteca (State of Mexico) manifested in private, public and urban spaces, through photographic series that addresses issues such as appropriation and modification of space habitable, urban development and the sense of community in the neighborhood of Ciudad Azteca.

The particular characteristics of a community give the inhabitants a sense of identity and belonging. Does this happen in any inhabited place? When observing that the history of Ciudad Azteca always exists in relation to Mexico City, it is worth asking if identifying traits have emerged among the inhabitants of Ciudad Azteca. As in other areas of the capital's periphery, it is possible to observe in this group of neighborhoods located in the municipality of Ecatepec the capacity of the locals to build and transform a space into a variety of forms of urban habitat.

'The Proposal', a Documentary that Explores the Legacy of the Mexican Architect Luis Barragán

08:30 - 1 May, 2019
'The Proposal', a Documentary that Explores the Legacy of the Mexican Architect Luis Barragán, © Oscilloscope Laboratories
© Oscilloscope Laboratories

The artist and writer Jill Magid presents a documentary dedicated to the life of the "artist among the architects": Luis Barragán, who is one of the most famous architects of the 20th century. Upon his death in 1988, much of his work was locked in a Swiss bunker, hidden from view of the world. In an attempt to resurrect Barragán's life and art, the redefinition of "The Proposal" limits creates an audacious proposal that becomes a fascinating work of art in itself, a cable negotiation act that explores how far it will go an artist to democratize access to art.

Tatiana Bilbao Wins the Marcus Prize 2019

11:48 - 30 April, 2019
Tatiana Bilbao Wins the Marcus Prize 2019, Cortesía de Tatiana Bilbao
Cortesía de Tatiana Bilbao

The Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao – founder of the architecture firm based in Mexico City Tatiana Bilbao Estudio – has been awarded the eighth Marcus Prize. This recognition has been given to different world-renowned architects as Jeanne Gang (2017), Joshua Ramus (2015), Sou Fujimoto (2013), Diébédo Francis Kéré (2011), Alejandro Aravena (2010), Frank Barkow (2007), Winy Maas (2005) and seeks to recognize architects from all over the world whose trajectory is on the rise.

10 Examples of Public Spaces from the Beaches to the Cities of Mexico

06:30 - 27 April, 2019

Parque Los Héroes / Francisco Pardo Arquitecto. Image © Jaime Navarro Cancha "La Doce" / All Arquitectura. Image © Zaickz Moz Monumento Emblematico al 150 Aniversario de la Batalla de Puebla / TEN Arquitectos. Image © Luis Gordoa Parque Lineal Ferrocarril de Cuernavaca / Gaeta-Springall arquitectos. Image © Arturo Arrieta + 12

Urban design is a branch of design intimately related to urban planning and landscape architecture; it focuses broadly on interpreting the form and public space with physical-aesthetic-functional criteria. Different experts in the field such as Jane Jacobs, Denise Scott Brown, Robert Venturi, Jaime Lerner, Jan Gehl, Kevin Lynch have devoted themselves to studying the needs of urban societies within the common spaces to give adequate responses to different contexts. These questions are renewed with new generations and the public space is transformed according to technological advances but what always remains is the sense of belonging of these sites that are only successful when users adopt them as own.

Architecture and Sea: Outstanding Projects on the Beaches of Mexico

04:00 - 20 April, 2019

One of the most important factors when designing is the specific climate of the site, this can represent a difficulty when dealing with extreme climates and it is necessary to use insulating materials that adapt to changing conditions. However, when talking about Mexico and its privileged climate, this becomes an advantage for architects, allowing the creation of microclimates and spaces that fade into the transition of what is the inside and the outside.

Rozana Montiel Wins the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture 2019

16:15 - 5 April, 2019
Rozana Montiel Wins the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture 2019

Rozana Montiel has won the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture 2019, along with Werner Sobek, Ersen Gürsel, Ammar Khammash and Jorge Lobos. The award ceremony will take place on May 13, 2019 in Paris, France.

Michel Rojkind: The New Senior Vice President of Architecture at WeWork

10:30 - 1 April, 2019
Michel Rojkind: The New Senior Vice President of Architecture at WeWork, Cortesía de WeWork
Cortesía de WeWork

WARRIOR 108 / VOX arquitectura + Rojkind Arquitectos. Image © Jaime Navarro Mercado Roma / Rojkind Arquitectos. Image © Jaime Navarro Nestle Application Group / Rojkind Arquitectos. Image © Paul Rivera Cortesía de WeWork + 9

Mexican architect Michel Rojkind has been named the senior vice president of architecture at WeWork. A native of Mexico City, Rojkind founded the Rojkind Arquitectos office in 2002 focusing on design, tactical and experiential innovation, maintaining an architectural vision that will shape integral experiences, connecting the complexities of each project to a deeper level to positively impact society and the environment. This vision was what led him to connect perfectly with the WeWork approach.

Mariam Kamara: 'architecture itself can not make a more equitable world but we can contribute with specific actions'

07:00 - 21 March, 2019
Mariam Kamara: 'architecture itself can not make a more equitable world but we can contribute with specific actions', © ArchDaily
© ArchDaily

Mariam Kamara is the founder and director of Atelier Masōmī in Niamey, Niger, an architecture firm whose interests lie in designing solutions relevant to spatial problems inherent in the developing world, in a cultural, historical and climatic way. She is a founding member of the united4design collaborative office in Seattle, where she worked on two major projects in West Africa. Her tenure as Associate Associate Professor of Urban Studies at Brown University began in the spring of 2017.

A Selection of the Most Representative Drawings by Yona Friedman

04:00 - 10 March, 2019
A Selection of the Most Representative Drawings by Yona Friedman, © Yona Friedman
© Yona Friedman

© Yona Friedman © Yona Friedman © Yona Friedman © Yona Friedman + 64

Yona Friedman is a French architect and urban planner with more than 92 years of experience that has led him to participate in numerous events, including the Venice Biennial and the Shanghai Biennial. One of his most important works was published in 1958, entitled L'Architecture Mobile, which exposed one of his most ambitious projects named: "La Ville Spatiale", a utopia that recycled mega-structures of existing cities to provide citizens with the chance to live with complete flexibility in their decisions.

Porto Academy presents workshop 'Visiting Barragán' in Mexico City

01:00 - 25 February, 2019
Porto Academy presents workshop 'Visiting Barragán' in Mexico City, © Porto Academy
© Porto Academy

Porto Academy is the result of an enormous passion for architecture as a discipline who believes that practice, as an exercise in the profession of architect, is fundamental for the future of the discipline and, therefore, one of the reasons why the program was founded.

Alejandro Aravena and David Chipperfield Among Speakers at Mextrópoli's Architecture Festival 2019

11:45 - 7 February, 2019
Alejandro Aravena and David Chipperfield Among Speakers at Mextrópoli's Architecture Festival 2019, © Mextrópoli
© Mextrópoli

Mextrópoli is a ludic and reflexive event that heightens the voices of architects, city planners and authorities to generate knowledge about the city that occupants inhabit. At Mextrópoli, public spaces are filled with pavilions, panel discussions that involve prominent actors in issues such as urbanism and public policy, as well as a strong selection of speakers. This program seeks to include all citizens. Students, activists, urban planners and architects are welcome to experience the extraordinary city.

In its sixth edition, the Mextrópoli Architecture and City Festival will propose new ways of thinking about the city as an open territory that is continually redefining its limits.

Explore Architecture Offices in Mexico Through the Lens of Marc Goodwin

05:00 - 30 January, 2019
Explore Architecture Offices in Mexico Through the Lens of Marc Goodwin, Productora. Image © Marc Goodwin
Productora. Image © Marc Goodwin

Frida Escobedo. Image © Marc Goodwin CC Arquitectos. Image © Marc Goodwin Rozana Montiel. Image © Marc Goodwin Productora. Image © Marc Goodwin + 30

After having previously photographed the architecture offices in the Netherlands, Dubai, London, Paris, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, the Nordic countries, Barcelona and Los Angeles, the architectural photographer Marc Goodwin continues the series with an exploration of some of the most recognized architecture offices in Mexico. With a set of emerging and world-renowned offices alike, the series offers insight into the lives of designers in Mexico City.

15 Mexican Projects that Use Terraces as Design Elements

04:00 - 22 January, 2019

15 Mexican Projects that Use Terraces as Design Elements 15 Mexican Projects that Use Terraces as Design Elements 15 Mexican Projects that Use Terraces as Design Elements 15 Mexican Projects that Use Terraces as Design Elements + 19

One of the most important factors when designing is the specific climate of the site. This can often present challenges when dealing with extreme climates and it is necessary to use insulating materials that adapt to changing conditions. However, Mexico and its privileged climate can be in an architect's favor. Here, architects can create microclimates and spaces that blur the transition of inside and outside.

Let's Taco 'Bout Taqueria Architecture

04:00 - 21 December, 2018
Let's Taco 'Bout Taqueria Architecture , Torchy’s Tacos / Chioco Design. Image © Patrick Y. Wong
Torchy’s Tacos / Chioco Design. Image © Patrick Y. Wong

Buena Onda / CORE architecture + design. Image © Michael Moran Sierra Madre Taquería / Erbalunga estudio. Image © Iván Casal Nieto Paco’s Tacos / Techné Architecture + Interior Design. Image Cortesía de Techné Architecture + Interior Design Restaurant El Califa / Esrawe Studio. Image © Camila Cossío + 9

A quintessential characteristic of Mexican culture — in addition to its architecture and rich pre-Colombian identity — is its gastronomy. In 2010, UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list inscribed Mexican Traditional Cuisine. The foundation remarked that "their knowledge and techniques express community identity, reinforce social bonds, and build stronger local, regional and national identities." However, from Mole to Birria and Pozole to Cochinita Pibil, the most iconic, versatile, and tasty meal is the taco.

In honor of Mexico's rich history, tradition, and food, take a look at 7 taquerias that can inspire your next project. 

30 Years After Luis Barragán: 30 Architects Share Their Favorite Works

06:00 - 9 December, 2018
30 Years After Luis Barragán: 30 Architects Share Their Favorite Works, Los Clubes - Cuadra San Cristóbal y Fuente de los Amantes / Luis Barragán. Image © Rodrigo Flores
Los Clubes - Cuadra San Cristóbal y Fuente de los Amantes / Luis Barragán. Image © Rodrigo Flores

Torres de Satélite / Luis Barragán + Mathias Goeritz. Image © Rodrigo Flores Casa Barragán. Image © Rodrigo Flores Casa Gilardi / Luis Barragán. Image © Eduardo Luque Casa Gilardi / Luis Barragán. Image © Eduardo Luque + 16

On November 22, 1988, one of the most important and revered figures in the history of Mexican and international architecture died in Mexico City. Luis Barragán Morfín, born in Guadalajara and trained as a civil engineer left behind an extensive legacy of published works, conferences, buildings, houses, and gardens that remain relevant to this day. While Barragán was known for his far-reaching research in customs and traditions, above all, the architect spent his life in contemplation. His sensitivity to the world and continued effort to rewrite the mundane has made him a lasting figure in Mexico, and the world.

Undoubtedly, Luis Barragán's legacy represents something so complex and timeless that it continues to inspire and surprise architects across generations. It is because of this that, 30 years after his death, we've compiled this series of testimonies from some of Mexico's most prominent contemporary architects, allowing them to reflect on their favorites of Barragan's works and share just how his work has impacted and inspired theirs. 

Urban Sketchers Mexico Pays Tribute to Pedro Ramírez Vázquez

12:00 - 8 December, 2018
Urban Sketchers Mexico Pays Tribute to Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, Isaac Cruz (@el_probador_de_bancas). Technique: Watercolor. Image © Urban Sketchers
Isaac Cruz (@el_probador_de_bancas). Technique: Watercolor. Image © Urban Sketchers

Brian Luna (@brianmaldad). Technique: Watercolor. Image © Urban Sketchers Brian Luna (@brianmaldad). Technique: Pen. Image © Urban Sketchers Julio (@esemijuls). Technique: Watercolor. Image © Urban Sketchers Ivan Reyes (@montesdeoca_pablo). Technique: Watercolor. Image © Urban Sketchers + 23

Urban Sketchers is an international non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a global community of artists who practice on-site drawings to enhance the artistic, narrative, and educational value of drawing. Connecting people from all over the world, the organization brings people in touch with their environment to illustrate drawings of their lived experiences. 

A Guide to Contemporary Architecture in Cuernavaca, Mexico

06:00 - 2 December, 2018
A Guide to Contemporary Architecture in Cuernavaca, Mexico, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

Cuernavaca, located just a few hours from Mexico City, is one of the most visited places in the country thanks to its history, weather, and architecture. The city has eleven declared historical sites, such as the Cortés Palace, the Cuernavaca Cathedral, the Borda Garden, the Calvario Spire, Teopanzolco, Chapultepec Nature Park, the Cuernavaca Kite, and the Hotel Casino de la Selva, among others. For the past few years, Cuernavaca has experienced a boom in contemporary architecture, starting with the Tallera building which was built in 2010 by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo. The project gave life to the Siqueiros murals and all the history behind them.

© Rodrigo Flores © Rodrigo Flores © Rodrigo Flores © Rodrigo Flores + 44