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100 Public Spaces: From Tiny Squares to Urban Parks

06:30 - 3 April, 2019
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© Gianluca Stefani © Thomas Zaar © Tomasz Zakrzewski © Sebastien Michelini + 112

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The key to successfully designing or recovering public spaces is to achieve a series of ingredients that enhance their use as meeting places. Regardless of their scale, some important tips are designing for people's needs, the human scale, a mix of uses, multifunctionality and flexibility, comfort and safety, and integration to the urban fabric.

To give you some ideas on how to design urban furniture, bus stops, lookouts, bridges, playgrounds, squares, sports spaces, small parks and urban parks, check out these 100 notable public spaces.

TM House / CDM Casas de México

06:00 - 2 April, 2019
TM House / CDM Casas de México, © Rory Gardiner
© Rory Gardiner

© Lorena Darquea © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Lorena Darquea + 22

Teitipac Cabin / LAMZ Arquitectura

07:00 - 20 March, 2019
Teitipac Cabin / LAMZ Arquitectura, © Lorena Darquea
© Lorena Darquea

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  • Architects

  • Location

    San Sebastián Teitipac, Mexico
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

    Luis Alberto Martínez Zúñiga
  • Area

    185.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Casa GL / TACHER ARQUITECTOS

08:00 - 13 March, 2019
Casa GL / TACHER ARQUITECTOS, © Lorena Darquea
© Lorena Darquea

© Lorena Darquea © Lorena Darquea © Lorena Darquea © Lorena Darquea + 23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zapopan, Mexico
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Alberto Tacher Lichi y Ana Paula González Luna Niño
  • Area

    450.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photography

    Lorena Darquea

The Virtues and Limits of Photography in the Representation of Architecture: Five Photographers Share their Perspectives

07:30 - 28 February, 2019
The Virtues and Limits of Photography in the Representation of Architecture: Five Photographers Share their Perspectives, Viviendas San Ignacio / IX2 Arquitectura. Jalisco, México. Image © Lorena Darquea
Viviendas San Ignacio / IX2 Arquitectura. Jalisco, México. Image © Lorena Darquea

As a way of representing architecture, photography has certain undisputed qualities. With it, it is possible to present to a project from a distant corner of the globe to people anywhere in the world, showing everything from general views to internal spaces and constructive details - extending the reach and, in a way, the access to the architecture.

But like any other form of representation, it is not infallible. Even as technological advances allow for ever more well-defined images and editing software offer tools to retouch and even alter aspects of the built space, photography by its very nature lacks the means to convey sensory and tactile aspects of architecture. It is not possible - at least not satisfactorily - to experience the textures, sounds, feelings, and scents of spaces through static images.

Faculdade de Biologia Celular e Genética / Héctor Fernández Elorza. Madri, Espanha. Image © Montse Zamorano Sesc Pompeia / Lina Bo Bardi. São Paulo, Brasil.. Image © Manuel Sá The Sales Center in Wenzhou TOD New Town / NAN Architects. Wenzhou, China. Image © FangFang Tian Tate Modern Switch House / Herzog & de Meuron. Londres, Reino Unido. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 15

Women in Architecture Photography: 12 Names to Know

05:00 - 12 February, 2019
Women in Architecture Photography: 12 Names to Know, © Leana Cagnotto
© Leana Cagnotto

In many parts of the world, more women have architectural degrees than men. However, this fact hasn’t translated past university into the working world as women continue to be underrepresented across nearly all levels of practice.

The conversation regarding women in architecture gained tremendous traction back in 2013 with the petition for Denise Scott Brown to be recognized as the 1991 Pritzker Prize winner, alongside her husband and the consequent rejection of that request by Pritzker. The Architectural Review and Architect's Journal have, since 2015, jointly presented awards to the exceptional female practitioners as part of their Women in Architecture Awards program. The swelling of these movements have helped to promote not only the role but also the recognition of women in architecture.

Casa La Blanca / Di Frenna Arquitectos

12:00 - 16 January, 2019
Casa La Blanca / Di Frenna Arquitectos, © Lorena Darquea
© Lorena Darquea

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LJ30 House / CDM Casas de México

13:00 - 26 September, 2018
LJ30 House / CDM Casas de México, © Lorena Darquea
© Lorena Darquea

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Zapopan, Mexico
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Javier Dueñas, Jaime de Obeso
  • Architecture and Construction Team

    Delfino Lozano, Daniel Villalba, Gabriela González, Gustavo Martin, Adriana Alarcón,Gabriela Serrano, Ernesto Godínez, Rodrigo Carreón
  • Area

    1788.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographer

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.

Split-Level Homes: 50 Floor Plan Examples

08:00 - 27 August, 2018
Split-Level Homes: 50 Floor Plan Examples , Cortesía de Fabián Dejtiar
Cortesía de Fabián Dejtiar

Faced with the challenge of designing homes on terrains with steep slopes - or in compact urban contexts that do not allow much variation in plan - several architects have experimented and proposed split-level homes to enhance the use of space, allowing, among other things, interesting visual perspectives.

These variations can be seen in numerous examples published on our site. Below, we have selected 50 examples that can help you in your next project. 

A Tribute to the Color of Contemporary Mexican Architecture

06:00 - 22 August, 2018
A Tribute to the Color of Contemporary Mexican Architecture, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© BGP © Javier Callejas © Paco Pérez Arriaga © Leo Espinosa + 20

Color, inherited from indigenous cultures of Mexico, is a defining characteristic of Mexican architecture. Vibrant colors have been used by architects and artists such as Luis Barragán, Ricardo Legorreta, Mathias Goeritz, Juan O'Gorman, and Mario Pani.

Color in Mexican architecture has reinforced the identity of different regions and areas within the country. For example, it is almost impossible to think of San Miguel de Allende or Guanajuato without the facade colors that weave the landscape.

Casa LV1 / T+E Arquitectos

15:00 - 14 August, 2018
Casa LV1 / T+E Arquitectos, © Lorena Darquea
© Lorena Darquea

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  • Architect

    T+E Arquitectos
  • Location

    Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Ricardo Espinosa Reyes, Denisse Navarro Pérez
  • Collaborators

    Sergio Tovar Palacios, Alejandro Morales, Jorge Cabrera
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Caleta 18 / R79

13:00 - 27 July, 2018
Caleta 18 / R79, © Lorena Darquea
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  • Architects

    R79
  • Location

    Mérida, Mexico
  • Category

  • Author Architects

    Roberto Ramírez, Gerardo Trejo, Fernanda González
  • Construction

    Angel Alpuche
  • Area

    600.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photography

    Lorena Darquea

Hábitat Learning Community / Lara Hermanos

17:00 - 24 July, 2018
Hábitat Learning Community / Lara Hermanos, © Lorena Darquea
© Lorena Darquea

Cortesía de Mauricio Lara © Lorena Darquea Cortesía de Mauricio Lara Cortesía de Mauricio Lara + 43

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, México
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Mauricio y Sebastián Lara
  • Area

    553.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

LEAP Headquarters / Leap

11:00 - 19 July, 2018
LEAP Headquarters / Leap, © Lorena Darquea
© Lorena Darquea

© Lorena Darquea © Lorena Darquea © Lorena Darquea © Lorena Darquea + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Fergie Flores, Sergio Navarro Ruíz, Oscar González Martín, Jorge Carrillo Gutiérrez, Gustavo Trujillo, Alejandro González Arellano, Charles Marceau Lamy, Erick Fong, Isaías Romero Vargas.
  • Design Department Head

    Rafael Canales Leiva
  • Design Principals

    Heriberto Hernández Ochoa, Carlos Villaseñor Núñez, Raúl Juárez Perezlete
  • Area

    250.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

ANTILOPE / Mass Operations

15:00 - 2 July, 2018
ANTILOPE / Mass Operations, © Lorena Darquea
© Lorena Darquea

© Lorena Darquea © Lorena Darquea © Lorena Darquea © Lorena Darquea + 25

San Francisco Ranch / AE Arquitectos

11:00 - 4 June, 2018
San Francisco Ranch  / AE Arquitectos, © Lorena Darquea
© Lorena Darquea

© Lorena Darquea © Lorena Darquea © Lorena Darquea © Lorena Darquea + 19