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Karina House / Francisco Pardo Arquitecto

06:00 - 18 March, 2019
Karina House / Francisco Pardo Arquitecto, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Pablo Astorga © Jaime Navarro © Fernanda Olivares © Pablo Astorga + 24

José Luis Martínez Library / Alejandro Sánchez García

14:00 - 22 February, 2019
José Luis Martínez Library / Alejandro Sánchez García, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

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Royal Academy Announces Shortlist of Emerging Architects for the Dorfman Award

10:00 - 9 February, 2019

The Royal Academy has revealed the shortlist for their annual prize recognizing young talent in architecture, the Dorfman Award. The award is given to those "...reimagining the future of architecture and whose work demonstrates a high degree of sensitivity to local and global context." The 2019 shortlist comprises four emerging architects practicing across the globe.

This year's shortlisted designers/practices are: Fernanda Canales (Mexico), Alice Casey and Cian Duggan of TAKA Architects (Ireland), Mariam Kamara of Atelier Masomi (Niger), and Boonserm Premthada of Bangkok Project Studio (Thailand.) The jury for this year's prize included chair Alan Stanton, Louisa Hutton, Phyllida Barlow, Kirsty Wark, Lesley Lokko, and Richard Burdett. The winner will be announced later this year.

One More Room / ANTNA

12:00 - 6 February, 2019
One More Room / ANTNA, © Jaime Navarro
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Temixco, Morelos, Mexico
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Diego Rivero Borrell, Santiago Arroyo
  • Area

    16.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

“Architecture Should be About What It Can Do, Not What it Can Look Like”: In Conversation with Michel Rojkind

07:00 - 6 February, 2019
“Architecture Should be About What It Can Do, Not What it Can Look Like”: In Conversation with Michel Rojkind, Nestle Application Group / Rojkind Arquitectos . Image © Paul Rivera
Nestle Application Group / Rojkind Arquitectos . Image © Paul Rivera

Born in 1969 in Mexico City, Michel Rojkind was educated in the 1990s at the Universidad Iberoamericana, while also performing as a drummer in Aleks Syntek’s popular rock band la Gente Normal. He opened his practice Rojkind Arquitectos in 2002. Among his most representative built works are Foro Boca for the Boca del Rio Philharmonic Orchestra in Veracruz, a newly expanded film complex Cineteca Nacional in Mexico City, a pair of factory additions for the Nestlé Company in Queretaro, and the Nestlé Chocolate Museum in Toluca, all in Mexico. We spoke about how his architecture engages with people, why architects should assume roles that extend beyond architecture, and the importance of generosity and not worrying about designing everything 100%.

The following excerpt from my interview with Rojkind completes a series of conversations that I conducted in Mexico City while preparing my exhibition “Something Other than a Narrative” from the Architects’ Voices and Visions series at Facultad de Arquitectura Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM.

Cineteca Nacional / Rojkind Arquitectos . Image © Jaime Navarro Foro Boca / Rojkind Arquitectos . Image © Jaime Navarro Tori Tori Restaurant / Rojkind Arquitectos . Image © Paul Rivera Nestle Chocolate Museum / Rojkind Arquitectos . Image © Paul Rivera + 27

Moveable Walls : Transparency and Accessibility in 6 Works of Architecture

12:00 - 23 December, 2018
Moveable Walls  : Transparency and Accessibility in 6 Works of Architecture , © Rory Gardiner
© Rory Gardiner

© Guy Wenborne © Rory Gardiner © Nigel Young © Andrés García Lachner + 28

When the time comes to separate or close off spaces, it's important to keep in mind solutions that will adapt and cater to your project. In this step, it's important to define, not only the materials needed to complete the project, but how the final product will interact with the people who will use it.  Some of the most highly recommended solutions are foldable, collapsable, stackable, or hanging mechanisms that allow interiors and exteriors to be integrated without completely losing their individual functions. 

If you're looking for help or inspiration for this process, take a look at 6 projects that effectively utilize these versatile building systems. 

Zicatela / Taller de Arquitectura X / Alberto Kalach

12:00 - 6 December, 2018
Zicatela / Taller de Arquitectura X / Alberto Kalach, Cortesía de Alberto Kalach
Cortesía de Alberto Kalach

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Markets: Examples in Plan and Section

04:00 - 6 December, 2018
Markets: Examples in Plan and Section, © Fabián Dejtiar
© Fabián Dejtiar

Throughout history, markets have provided an important function in the exchange of foods, books, spices, everyday items, and even ideas. From Mexican Tianguis to North African Souks, they played an essential element in the configuration of urban spaces.


Different architects have approached this challenge, where spatial distribution plays a fundamental role in creating adequate logistics and circulation.

We've selected 20 markets and their plan and section to inspire your next project. 

Casa Santísimo / JJRR/Arquitectura + AREA

12:00 - 28 November, 2018
© Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

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  • Arquitect design

    José Juan Rivera Río, Héctor Módica, Fernanda Soriano, Rogelio Ledesma, Carlos Ledesma.
  • Location

    Mexico City, Mexico
  • Category

  • Area

    12916.6 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

National Auditorium Bar / ESRAWE

10:00 - 2 November, 2018
National Auditorium Bar / ESRAWE, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Mexico City, Mexico
  • Category

    Bar
  • Architect in charge

    Rodrigo López
  • Concept

    Héctor Esrawe
  • Coordination

    Antonio Chávez
  • Ceramics

    Cerámica Suro
  • Lighting

    Luca Salas
  • Area

    1937.5 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Liverpool Paseo Queretaro Facade / Miguel de la Torre

09:00 - 27 October, 2018
Liverpool Paseo Queretaro Facade / Miguel de la Torre, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Anillo Vial Fray Junípero Serra 7901, La Purisima, 76146 Santiago de Queretaro, Qro., Mexico
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Miguel de la Torre, Rodrigo Márquez
  • Area

    8900.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photography

    Jaime Navarro

Teopanzolco Cultural Center by Isaac Broid + PRODUCTORA Wins the Oscar Niemeyer Award

11:30 - 24 October, 2018
Teopanzolco Cultural Center by Isaac Broid + PRODUCTORA Wins the Oscar Niemeyer Award, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

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The Oscar Niemeyer Award for Latin American Architecture is a renowned initiative by the Latin American Architecture Biennial Network (REDBAAL). This award recognizes the best architectural production, unquestionable empowerment, and presence of Latin American architecture in the international context.

Alcázar de Toledo / Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

12:00 - 19 October, 2018
Alcázar de Toledo / Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Palacio Versalles 237, Lomas de Reforma, 11930 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
  • Category

  • Architectural project

    Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
  • President

    Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas
  • Architecture Director

    Javier Sordo Madaleno de Haro
  • Project Director

    Fernando Sordo Madaleno de Haro
  • Design manager

    Alejandro Espejel
  • Design Team

    Miguel Baranda Estrada, Iovany Fuentes Guerrero, David Pazos Tesorero
  • Area

    5471.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Why is CDMX the 2018 World Design Capital?

08:00 - 7 October, 2018
Cortesía de Danae Santibáñez
Cortesía de Danae Santibáñez

Cortesía de Danae Santibáñez Cortesía de Danae Santibáñez Cortesía de Danae Santibáñez Cortesía de Danae Santibáñez + 22

At first sight, when approaching CDMX from the sky, is overwhelming. A sea of buildings indicates an arrival to the fifth most populated capital in the world. The size of the city, makes it difficult to recognize its limits, so it is inevitable to use urban and suburban landmarks such as the Zócalo square (downtown), Tamayo Museum in Chapultepec Park (West), University City, the Frida Kahlo Museum (Coyoacán), and Ciudad Satélite (north exit), to orient yourself.

Located in a strategic geographical position within the traditional routes of design, the city benefits from the connections and close interactions with North America and Europe. Fortunately, these external tendencies are refined within the "local" filter; the vast history and tradition of indigenous Mexican cultures permeate foreign influences making them unique creations, with a marked interest in native materials and working techniques.

16 Mexican Projects That Use Wood in Wondrous Ways

06:00 - 28 September, 2018
16 Mexican Projects That Use Wood in Wondrous Ways, Galería IK LAB / Jorge Eduardo Neira Sterkel. Image Cortesía de IK LAB
Galería IK LAB / Jorge Eduardo Neira Sterkel. Image Cortesía de IK LAB

BRUMA Winery / TAC Taller de Arquitectura Contextual. Image © Miguel Ángel Mayoral Rodríguez Casa Media Perra / Santos Bolívar. Image © Humberto Romero Treehouse Suite / Deture Culsign, Architecture+Interiors. Image © The Cubic Studio Departamentos Artia / AS Arquitectura + CO-LAB Design Office. Image © Onnis Luque + 19

Wood has been an indispensable material in the history of civilization. Different regions from around the world have used it for specific climatic conditions. Mexico, as we have mentioned on several occasions, is an extensive country where different climates, resources and ways of life fit. Therefore the application of wood in architecture has been developed in a number of ways, from its structural use to produce roofs for Mayan huts to projects that seek to revive vernacular architecture.

While the handling of this material is difficult due to its specific detail management, it presents a multitude of benefits from its aesthetic appeal, air circulation, and even smell. Take a look at 16 Mexican projects that use wood in wondrous ways. 

Bars and Restaurants: 50 Examples in Plan and Section

06:00 - 24 September, 2018
Bars and Restaurants: 50 Examples in Plan and Section, Cortesía de Fabián Dejtiar
Cortesía de Fabián Dejtiar

The spatial distribution of a restaurant or bar is essential to its success. Faced with this design challenge, several architects have experimented and proposed configurations that both enhance the use of space in different culinary experiences.

With this being said, take a look at 50 gastronomic establishments in plan and section to inspire your next design.

15 Projects in Mexico that Merge the Interior with the Exterior

08:00 - 14 September, 2018
15 Projects in Mexico that Merge the Interior with the Exterior, Casa CSF / López Duplan Arquitectos. Image © Héctor Armando Herrera
Casa CSF / López Duplan Arquitectos. Image © Héctor Armando Herrera

Casa CSF / López Duplan Arquitectos. Image © Héctor Armando Herrera Casa Estudio Hill / CCA Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica. Image © Onnis Luque L House / Dellekamp Arquitectos. Image © Sandra Pereznieto Casa Bruma / Fernanda Canales. Image © Rafael Gamo + 20

One of the most important factors to consider when designing is the climate of the site. This can create difficulties when it comes to extreme climates and it is necessary to use insulation materials that adapt to changing conditions. However, when discussing Mexico and its specific climate, this can be an opportunity for architects to create microclimates and spaces that blur the transition of interiors and exteriors.

Patios have become a traditional element of design. They create interesting psychological effects that fuse the conception of the interior and exterior, the common and private. It is a way to bring sunlight and rain into the house, to open up paths and coexistences that do not occur in interiors. Below, a selection of projects in Mexico that use the patio as the main design resource.

SCHULTZ Building / CPDA Arquitectos

11:00 - 11 September, 2018
© Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro + 24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Miguel E. Schultz 139, San Rafael, 06470 Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
  • Category

  • Construction

    Mocaa Arquitectos
  • Structural engineering

    Humberto Girón
  • Illumination design

    Luz y Forma
  • Area

    2800.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs