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The Mexican Moment: The Rise of Architecture's Latest Design Capital

01:00 - 16 December, 2014
The Mexican Moment: The Rise of Architecture's Latest Design Capital, Museo Soumaya / FR-EE. Image © Rafael Gamo
Museo Soumaya / FR-EE. Image © Rafael Gamo

On a recent trip abroad, architect and urban planner José Castillo was struck by a conversation with Mexico’s tourism attaché in Asia. Mexican tourism, the attaché remarked, has changed; it was the ancient pyramids and sandy beaches of the country that once drew visitors to it. Today however, architecture and design—and food—prevail.

The issue of food may be of little wonder. Mexican cuisine has indeed become more popular than ever in both the high and low ends of the culinary spectrum, and food in general is not only what one eats for dinner but also a hobby and an obsessive conversation topic. Yet for local design to come to the same level of acclaim and reputation is, at any rate, quite astonishing. It may be, though, that food and architecture are not so far apart. These are both highly creative and productive professions, as well as ones with a rich history, a theory, and many layers of tradition.

La Tallera / Frida Escobedo. Image © Rafael Gamo Zeller & Moye and FR-EE's "Archivo". Image Courtesy of Zeller & Moye Foster + Partners and FR-EE's design for the new Mexico City Airport. Image Courtesy of DBOX for Foster + Partners PRODUCTORA's Auditorio Cuernavaca, with the Teopanzolco Pyramid in the background. Image Courtesy of PRODUCTORA + 9

Audi Urban Future Award 2014: Transforming Urban Mobility Through “Data Donors”

00:00 - 21 November, 2014
Audi Urban Future Award 2014: Transforming Urban Mobility Through “Data Donors”, © Audi Urban Future Iniative
© Audi Urban Future Iniative

Every two years Audi hosts the Audi Urban Future Award (AUFA), which challenges cities from different parts of the world to investigate future mobility trends and come up with innovative solutions. This year AUFA selected Mexico City, Boston, Berlin and Seoul to participate in the challenge and respond to the question: how will data shape mobility in the megacities of the future? These four groups were asked to create a vision for how their city could use data in a strategic way, taking into consideration innovative energy solutions, sustainability, feasibility and the potential for their ideas to be implemented in other cities.

Mexico City’s team took home first place with their “operative system for urban mobility,” which centered around a data platform that cities can use to structure their urban traffic planning. Their system was also based around the idea that citizens themselves can become “data donors” and use the system to make informed decisions on how they move about the city. The team was comprised of architect and urbanist José Castillo, researcher Carlos Gershenson and the city government’s experimental lab “Laboratorio para la Ciudad.”

Learn more about the winning project after the break. 

Siqueiros Public Art Gallery / arquitectura 911sc + Esrawe

01:00 - 9 January, 2014
Siqueiros Public Art Gallery / arquitectura 911sc + Esrawe, © Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

© Moritz Bernoully © Moritz Bernoully © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo + 11

  • Architects

  • Location

    3 Picos 29, Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo, 11550 Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Saidee Springall del Villar, Jose Castillo Oléa, Héctor Esrawe
  • Design Team

    Iván Cervantes, Arturo Carreón
  • Area

    75.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Jaime Garcia Terres Library / arquitectura 911sc

01:00 - 22 November, 2013
Jaime Garcia Terres Library / arquitectura 911sc, © Moritz Bernoully
© Moritz Bernoully

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Moritz Bernoully + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ciudad de Mexico, D.F., Mexico
  • Project Leaders

    Jose Castillo + Saidee Springall
  • Design Team

    Ricardo García Santander
  • Structure

    Izquierdo Ing. Y Asociados
  • Installation

    DIIN Ing. Gustavo Nieto
  • Lighting

    Artenluz Arq. Javier Ten
  • Artistic collaboration

    Perla Krauze
  • Builder

    Sackbe
  • Museography

    Margen Rojo
  • Area

    170.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Elena Garro Cultural Center / Fernanda Canales + arquitectura 911sc

01:00 - 18 April, 2013
Elena Garro Cultural Center / Fernanda Canales + arquitectura 911sc, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Sandra Pereznieto © Sandra Pereznieto © Sandra Pereznieto © Sandra Pereznieto + 48

In Progress: Integrara Iztacalco / arquitectura 911sc

00:00 - 28 January, 2013
© Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo
  • Architects

  • Location

    México D.F., Mexico
  • Design Team

    Ernesto Lomelí, Iván Cervantes, Edgar Romero Lugo, Arturo Carreón, Daniel Garcia Ramírez, Iraíz Corona
  • Structure

    Federico Romo
  • Engineering

    MCH Ingeniería
  • Client

    Consorcio ARA
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Rafael Gamo                          © Rafael Gamo                          © Rafael Gamo                          © Rafael Gamo                          + 17