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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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Sordo Madaleno Architects Designs New Hotel for Mexico's Sea of Cortez

The large biological reserves located in La Paz, Baja California Sur in northern Mexico have made this destination one of the most significant for ecotourism and its proximity to the United States has accelerated its development in recent years.

Vista aérea. Render por CG Verón. Image © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos Vista aérea. Render por CG Verón. Image © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos Vista desde el Mar de Cortés. Vista aérea. Render por CG Verón. Image © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos Vista Interior. Render por SMA. Image © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos + 15

Kevin Daly Architects and PRODUCTORA to Design the New Houston Endowment Headquarters in Texas

© Kevin Daly Architects © Kevin Daly Architects De izquierda a derecha: Kevin Daly y Gretchen Stoecker de KDA; Wonne Ickx de PRODUCTORA y Pablo Alfaro de TLS Landscape Arquitectura. Image © Malcolm Reading Consultant © Kevin Daly Architects + 5

The Houston Endowment and the organizers of the Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) contest announced that the team led by Kevin Daly Architects (KDA) and PRODUCTORA, in collaboration with TLS Landscape Architecture, won the international competition to design the new headquarters for the foundation. The winning proposal stood out as a dynamic response to the architectural and landscape tradition of Houston.

Take a Look at the First WeWork Headquarters Coming to Bengaluru, India

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WeWork recently opened its first headquarters in India in the southern city of Bengaluru. The downtown space, called Prestige Central, boasts 8 floors and was in charge of WeWork Chief Creative Officer, Adam Kimmel, Creative Director Francois Gramoli (based in India) and Head of Design Strategy Hayley Slavitt.

FGP Atelier Begins Construction of Guangzhou International Cultural Center in China

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The construction of a new 150,000m2, 320m tall tower is underway in Guangzhou, China under the leadership of Mexican architect Francisco Gonzalez-Pulido: FGP Atelier. The project, titled the Guangzhou International Cultural Center (GICC), takes a holistic approach to design, combining architectural, engineering, environmental, functional, and technological principles to create a landmark for the ages.

What is Coworking and How Has It Transformed Work Spaces in Recent Years?

Nest / Beza Projekt. Image © Jacek Kołodziejski WeWork Yangping Lu / Linehouse. Image © Dirk Weiblen WeWork Tower 535 / NCDA. Image © Dennis Lo Designs © WeWork + 16

Recent years have seen a dramatic transformation in population distribution: today, more than half of the world's population now lives in cities. In parallel fashion, housing and work spaces have all increasingly embraced the communal, resembling the impulse toward public spaces in new cities. 

Tatiana Bilbao: "The Greatest Challenge in Designing the Mazatlán Aquarium Was Recreating What Goes On in the Gulf of California"

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The aquarium project was a part of a large-scale plan to revitalize the Parque Central in Mazatlán, Mexico. The project, designed and overseen by Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, seeks to build onto the already existing natural, cultural, and public space in a way that highlights its global quality and uniqueness. For visitors, the aquarium is an opportunity to explore and experience the marine ecosystems of the Gulf of California. For locals, it’s a look into the marvels of their own backyard. In this interview, we sit down with Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao and get the details about the project, its design, and the challenges that come with building one of the largest aquariums in Latin America.

What Would 6 Cities of the United States be like if Frank Lloyd Wright or Robert Moses had Designed Them?

New York Pedrestian View. Image © NetCredit Chicago Aereal View. Image © NetCredit Los Ángeles Aereal View. Image © NetCredit Houston Aereal View. Image © NetCredit + 18

The United States of America has provided enormous opportunities to develop some of the most iconic buildings in the history of architecture, leaving the mark of important architects in urban, suburban, and rural areas around the country. However, ambitious ideas often come with a high price that cannot always be paid,  causing some of the most exciting building, bridge, and tower designs to never evolve past archived plans.

Take Your Favorite Buildings Wherever You Want with a Pin

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DROP-A-PIN is a project started by a couple dedicated to architecture and graphic design who have traveled the last five years to document some of the most fascinating buildings. Within this process, about a year ago, they wanted to find a pin with some of these great works. As they failed to, the duo decided to create it themselves.

Concrete Architecture: 20 Outstanding Projects in Mexico

Foro Boca / Rojkind Arquitectos. Image © Jaime Navarro Casa Lomas / Oficio Taller. Image © Adrián Llaguno / Documentación Arquitectónica y The Raws Club de Niños y Niñas / CCA Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica. Image © Arturo Arrieta Casa Orgánica / Javier Senosiain. Image Cortesía de Javier Senosian + 23

Concrete, a material commonly used in the construction industry, is made of a binder combined with aggregates (or gravels), water, and certain additives. Its origins reach back as far as Ancient Egypt, when the construction of large structures created the need for a new kind of material: one which was liquid, featured properties of natural stones, could be molded, and communicated a sense of nobility and grandeur. 

Architecture and Dystopia: Music Videos Based on Superstudio & Archigram's Criticisms

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Superstudio and Archigram were the pioneers of the dystopia they had popularized in 1960, when they experienced a crisis that tore world economies, positioning Italy in a historic moment of boom and bust that harbored dreams and despair.

Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, Co-Founder of the Radical 'Superstudio', Dies at 78

Yesterday, July 30, 2019, Cristiano Toraldo di Francia died at 78 years of age —56 years ago the architect founded - together with Adolfo Natalini - one of the most important offices of radical post-war architecture in Italy, Superstudio, which, during the 60's and early 70's, focused on the form of a strong critique of the production methods of design and architecture. All this analysis was reflected in a very different way of representing architecture, collages, experiments, manifestos, furniture, stories, storyboards, etc. This approach has unleashed multiple discussions that remained valid to this day among the younger generations, which have resumed these modes of criticism to apply them to new ways of producing and thinking about architecture.

A Photographic Essay on the Reification of Bodies in Neufert's Ergonomics

Human-Reification. Image © Paul Gisbrecht
Human-Reification. Image © Paul Gisbrecht

The relationship between the human body and architecture has always been a key element in architectural design and practice, however, the connection between the two wasn't documented or even accepted until the rise of ergonomics some years ago. Nowadays, the question is how is the body perceived in modern times? How does this perception influence the way we design the buildings and spaces that we inhabit? Too often, ergonomics is seen as a discipline that emphasizes the separation between body and object; however, not only is it the connection between them, it is also the pre-established blueprint that maximizes and synchronizes their productivity. At its most basic level, it's a technical discourse on the increasingly mechanized human dwelling. 

Mexican Architects Present 'Designing Mexico. Architecture: Need and Freedom' in Italy

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The presence of Mexican architecture on the global scene is increasingly evident and strengthened by the ambassador architects who constantly represent Mexico in international events and exhibitions. Within these samples, you are able to see a constant concern to show contemporary values that denote a sense of responsibility, reinventing their own identity with the urgency of addressing current challenges.

The Ultimate List of Sites Declared World Heritage in Mexico

Centro Histórico de Guanajuato. Tomas Castelazo [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]. Image via Wikimedia Commons Convento Santo Domingo de Guzmán ubicado en el Centro Histórico de Oaxaca. El Ágora [Public domain]. Image via Wikimedia Commons Pirámide de los Nichos ubicada en la Ciudad Prehispánica del Tajín. AlejandroLinaresGarcia [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]. Image via Wikimedia Commons Templo y Convento de San Mateo Apóstol. Miandigra [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]. Image via Wikimedia Commons + 37

According to a statement published on the UNESCO page, the UNESCO World Heritage List is a legacy of monuments and sites of great natural and cultural wealth that belongs to all of humanity. The Sites inscribed on the World Heritage List fulfill a function of milestones on the planet, of symbols of the awareness of States and peoples about the meaning of those places and emblems of their attachment to collective property, as well as of the transmission of that heritage to future generations.