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Inside the Rock 'n' Roll Life of Mexican Architect Michel Rojkind

09:30 - 20 January, 2018

Today, Michel Rojkind is widely known as one of Mexico's most successful, and at times flamboyant, architects of the 21st century. But in spite of his success, his path to architecture was never straightforward; before founding Rojkind Arquitectos, he spent over a decade as a drummer in pop-rock band Aleks Syntek y La Gente Normal, an experience which he actually credits with sparking his interest in architecture. An article released this week by Surface Magazine offers an extensive profile of Rojkind, from his childhood, through his days as a drummer, to the difficulties he experienced on his architectural work--including the disastrous opening of Mexico City's Cineteca Nacional in 2014. Read some excerpts from Surface Magazine's article after the break.

Tatiana Bilbao: “Architecture Should Benefit Every Single Human Being on This Planet”

09:30 - 12 January, 2018
Tatiana Bilbao: “Architecture Should Benefit Every Single Human Being on This Planet”, House in Ajijic, Jalostitlán, Mexico, 2010. Image © Iwan Baan
House in Ajijic, Jalostitlán, Mexico, 2010. Image © Iwan Baan

As part of a generation of designers that have, in recent years, put Mexico on the map, Tatiana Bilbao is an architect that is increasingly part of the profession’s global consciousness. But, while some Mexican architects have made their mark with spectacular architecture following the international trend of “iconic” architecture, Bilbao opted instead for a more people-focused approach. In this interview, the latest in Vladimir Belogolovsky’s “City of Ideas” series, Bilbao explains how she got into this type of community-building architecture, her thoughts on architectural form, and her ambitions for the future.

Vladimir Belogolovsky: The more I talk to architects of your generation or my generation, the more it becomes apparent that architecture has absolutely no boundaries. In other words, architecture is not just about buildings. More and more, architecture is about building communities.

Tatiana Bilbao: Absolutely. For me, that is the most important part of architecture. Architecture is not about building a building; architecture is about building a community.

Housing in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, 2015. Image © Jaime Navarro Bioinnova, Culiacán Rosales, Mexico, 2012. Image © Iwan Baan House in Ajijic, Jalostitlán, Mexico, 2010. Image © Iwan Baan Casa Ventura, San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico, 2011. Image © Rory Gardiner + 20

Ignacia Hotel / Factor Eficiencia + A-G Interiorismo

11:00 - 2 January, 2018
Ignacia Hotel / Factor Eficiencia + A-G Interiorismo, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

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

  • Architects

    A-G Interiorismo), Factor Eficiencia
  • Location

    Jalapa 208, Roma Nte., 06700, CDMX, Mexico
  • Architect in charge

    Fermín Espinosa (Factor Eficiencia) Andrés Gutiérrez (A-G Interiorismo)
  • Area

    420.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photography

    Jaime Navarro

Faith & Form's 2017 Religious Architecture Awards Recognizes the Best in Religious Architecture and Art

09:30 - 23 December, 2017
Faith & Form's 2017 Religious Architecture Awards Recognizes the Best in Religious Architecture and Art, © Ieva Saudargaite
© Ieva Saudargaite

How does contemporary religious architecture adapt to the needs of the modern world? Each year, Faith & Form magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA) award acknowledges the best in religious art and architecture. This year’s winners included 27 projects spanning in religious denomination, size, and location. Beyonds this, the award recognizes three common trends present in religious architecture today: re-adaptation of existing facilities, community-based sacred spaces, and simplicity in design. Read on to see all 27 winners.

© Bill Timmerman © Travis Price © Michael Robinson Courtesy of Moto Designshop + 29

10 Innovative Ways to Use Concrete: The Best Photos of the Week

12:00 - 10 December, 2017
© Song Yousub
© Song Yousub

Of all construction materials, concrete is perhaps the one that allows the greatest diversity of finishes and textures. The mixture of its ingredients, the shape and texture of the formwork, and the pigmentation of the materials all offer the opportunity to achieve an interesting design. This week we've prepared a selection of 10 inspiring images of innovative concrete, taken by renowned photographers such as Gonzalo Viramonte, Song Yousub, and Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal.

© David Schreyer Cortesía de Moon Hoon © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Giorgio Marafioti + 12

VV House / bgp arquitectura

11:00 - 7 December, 2017
VV House / bgp arquitectura, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ciudad de México, Mexico
  • Author Architects

    Bernardo Gómez-Pimienta, Luis Enrique Mendoza, Jesús Morones, Rafael Gamo
  • Area

    414.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Michel Rojkind and Bjarke Ingels Describe the Recently Opened Foro Boca

06:00 - 7 December, 2017
Michel Rojkind and Bjarke Ingels Describe the Recently Opened Foro Boca, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

The official inauguration for Foro Boca by Rojkind Arquitectos was held in Veracruz, México, gathering members of the local community as well as special guest Bjarke Ingels for a concert by renowned violinist Joshua Bell and the city's Philarmonic Orchestra. 

Foro Boca / Rojkind Arquitectos

09:00 - 1 December, 2017
© Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Boca del Río, Ver., Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Michel Rojkind
  • Architectural project

    Agustín Pereyra (Project Manager) Arturo Ortíz, Adrián Aguilar, Sandra Carvajal, Fernanda Casar, Salvador Cortéz, Diego Díaz Lezama, Paulina Elizalde, Rubén García, Daniel Gaytán, Paulina Goycoolea, Jorge González R., Alfredo Hernández , Laura Hernández, Pablo Herrera, Julieta Inclán, Carsten Lemme Andrea León, Félix Mendoza, Gerardo Salinas, Julio Serralde, Alfonso Paz, Cynthia Ponce, Víctor Velázquez, Ditter Vergara, Beatriz Zavala.
  • Area

    5410.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Tatiana Bilbao: Creating Spaces with Relevance Means "Enhancing Someone's Life"

09:30 - 25 November, 2017

In the second film from this year's series of PLANE—SITE's Time-Space-Existence videos, Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao shares her philosophy of how architecture should be designed with the user’s experience in mind, rather than for standalone aesthetic qualities. In the video she discusses how architects should to some extent let go of their artistic intentions for a more practical approach to serve the needs of people, discussing how architecture has become detached from its key purpose over the last fifty years due to the influence of capitalism.

© Rory Gardiner © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro + 12

Victor Legorreta: “Sometimes, Architects Take Themselves Too Seriously”

09:30 - 17 November, 2017
Victor Legorreta: “Sometimes, Architects Take Themselves Too Seriously”, Pavilion Hacienda Matao, 2014. Image © Cristiano Mascaro
Pavilion Hacienda Matao, 2014. Image © Cristiano Mascaro

As the son of famed Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, and now the leader of the firm which he joined under his father in 1989, Victor Legorreta is one of Mexico’s most visible architects. In this interview, the latest in Vladimir Belogolovsky’s “City of Ideas” series, Legorreta discusses the complexities of following in the footsteps of his father and how, in his view, good architecture is made.

Vladimir Belogolovsky: What kind of projects are you working on at this moment?

Victor Legorreta: We work on a variety of projects—about 60 percent are in Mexico and the rest are abroad. Mexico City is increasingly becoming a vertical city in its attempt to reverse its tendency of growing into an endless and dysfunctional sprawl. We are working on several mixed-use towers with retail, entertainment, restaurants, offices, and residential uses in a single building to enable people to find everything they need within easy reach, to lessen the pressure on traffic, which in the city is now among the worst in the world. We are also working with The Aga Khan Foundation on two projects—a university in Tanzania and a hospital and university in Uganda.

BBVA Bancomer Tower, 2016 / LEGORRETA + Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Image © Lourdes Legorreta Visual Arts Center, Santa Fe, 1999. Image © Lourdes Legorreta Papalote Children's Museum and Planetarium, 1993, planetarium 2003, renovation 2016. Image © Ma. Dolores Robles-Martinez Gómez Postgraduate Building, Faculty of Economics, UNAM, 2010. Image © Allen Vallejo + 59

Teopanzolco Cultural Center / Isaac Broid + PRODUCTORA

20:00 - 15 November, 2017
Teopanzolco Cultural Center  / Isaac Broid + PRODUCTORA, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
  • Author Architects

    Isaac Broid, Carlos Bedoya, Víctor Jaime, Wonne Ickx, Abel Perles
  • Collaborators

    Gerardo Galicia, Pamela Martinez, Josue Palma, Alonso Sanchez, Rosalía Yuste, Antonio Espinoza, Diego Velazquez, Gerardo Aguilar, Jesús Minor, Juan Pablo Perez, Oswaldo Delgadillo, Mariana Toro, Valeria Alvarado y Eitan Vazquez
  • Area

    7000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photography

    Jaime Navarro

8 Projects Win ARCHMARATHON Awards for Best Projects in the Americas

15:10 - 16 October, 2017
8 Projects Win ARCHMARATHON Awards for Best Projects in the Americas

ARCHMARATHON has announced the winners of their 2017 Awards Program as the event, which took place at Faena Forum in Miami from October 12-14, comes to a close. Now in its 4th edition, the Awards focus on architecture studios that have been actively practicing in USA, Canada, Central America and Latin America.

Winners were chosen by a jury consisting of Luca Molinari, Francisco Pardo, Sebastian Salvat, Alejandro Paredes Fontanals and ArchDaily’s David Basulto and David Assael in in 8 themed categories: MOVING, LIVING, DREAMING, WORKING, CHILLING OUT, CARING, VISIONING and RE-THINKING. This year’s overall winner was awarded to Rozana Montiel | Estudio de Arquitectura + Alin V. Wallach for their community space, Common Unit.

See all the winners below:

Casa AR / ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea

15:00 - 25 September, 2017
Casa AR / ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro + 14

Homework / SAVVY Studio

16:00 - 13 September, 2017
Homework / SAVVY Studio, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    De La República 9, Tabacalera, 06030 Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
  • Design Collaborators

    Método Arquitectos
  • Collaboration in design

    Método Arquitectos
  • Area

    1000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photography

    Jaime Navarro

Teletón Infant Oncology Clinic / Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

15:00 - 9 August, 2017
Teletón Infant Oncology Clinic / Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Paúl Czitrom © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro + 40

Center for the National Property Heritage / Victor Marquez

17:00 - 3 May, 2017
Center for the National Property Heritage / Victor Marquez, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Salvador Novo 9, Santa Catarina, 04010 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
  • Area

    5705.0 m2

One Bucket at a Time / Factor Eficiencia + 5468796 Architecture

15:00 - 16 March, 2017
One Bucket at a Time / Factor Eficiencia + 5468796 Architecture, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Central Alameda Park, Av. Hidalgo s/n, Cuauhtémoc, Centro, 06010 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
  • Architects in charge

    Pablo Batista, Sasa Radulovic, Johanna Hurme, Gerardo Salinas y Fermin Espinosa
  • Structural Engineer

    Studio NYL Structural Engineers
  • Constructor

    Factor Eficiencia
  • Area

    100.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Essay 4 Spatial Prosthesis / MANADA Architectural Boundaries

09:00 - 22 January, 2017
Essay 4 Spatial Prosthesis  / MANADA Architectural Boundaries, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

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