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Mexico City

Pujol / JSa

11:00 - 17 May, 2018
Pujol / JSa, © Luis Gallardo
© Luis Gallardo

© Luis Gallardo © Luis Gallardo © Luis Gallardo © Rafael Gamo + 16

  • Architects

    JSa
  • Location

    Tennyson 133, Polanco, Mexico City
  • Lead Architects

    Javier Sánchez + Aisha Ballesteros + Micaela de Bernardi
  • Design Team

    Selene García, Alma Caballero, Mario I. Gudiño, Andrea Garín, Laura Natividad
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Vía Vallejo / Grow arquitectos

15:00 - 11 May, 2018
Vía Vallejo / Grow arquitectos, © Marcos Betanzos
© Marcos Betanzos

© Marcos Betanzos © Marcos Betanzos © Marcos Betanzos © Marcos Betanzos + 19

Mexico City's Controversial Airport Project Could Be a Preservation Site for a Collection of Modernist Murals

09:30 - 8 May, 2018
Mexico City's Controversial Airport Project Could Be a Preservation Site for a Collection of Modernist Murals, Centro SCOP in Mexico City was shuttered after a series of devastating earthquakes. A new exhibition proposes rehousing its historically significant murals. Image Courtesy of Pablo López Luz/ Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura
Centro SCOP in Mexico City was shuttered after a series of devastating earthquakes. A new exhibition proposes rehousing its historically significant murals. Image Courtesy of Pablo López Luz/ Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura

This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "How a Small Mexico City Exhibition Fueled a Debate About Preservation and Power."

It’s a slate-gray day in Mexico City’s Colonia Narvarte neighborhood and mounting gusts signal imminent rain. Centro SCOP, a sprawling bureaucratic complex, rises sharply against this bleak backdrop. The building is a masterful, if not intimidating, example of Mexican Modernism, an H-shaped assemblage of muscular concrete volumes designed by architect Carlos Lazo, covered in an acre-and-a-half of vibrant mosaic murals.

At its peak, the building accommodated more than 3,000 workers for the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT). Today, save a security guard in its gatehouse, it is empty.

As part of the Archivo exhibition, FR-EE has proposed relocating Centro SCOP's murals to the airport it is co-designing with Foster + Partners. Image Courtesy of FR-EE Fernando Romero Enterprises/ Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura An artist's rendering of Centro SCOP. Image Courtesy of Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT)/ Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura An image of Centro SCOP, shortly after it opened in the mid 1950s. Image Courtesy of personal archive of Carlos Lazo Barreiro / Archivo General de la Nación/ Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura Juan O'Gorman's "Canto a La Patria (Parte 1)" (left) and "Independencia y Progreso" (right). Image Courtesy of Pablo López Luz/ Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura + 26

TLALPAN 590 Building / TALLER DEA + KOZ architectes

11:00 - 4 May, 2018
TLALPAN 590 Building / TALLER DEA + KOZ architectes, © Onnis Luque
© Onnis Luque

© Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calz. de Tlalpan 590, Moderna, City of Mexico, Mexico
  • Lead Architects

    Christophe Ouhayoun, Nicolas Ziesel, René Caro, Jesús López
  • Area

    6.677 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Common Unity / Rozana Montiel | Estudio de Arquitectura

15:10 - 11 April, 2018
Common Unity / Rozana Montiel | Estudio de Arquitectura, © Sandra Pereznieto
© Sandra Pereznieto

© Sandra Pereznieto © Sandra Pereznieto © Sandra Pereznieto © Sandra Pereznieto + 24

Meroma Restaurant / Oficina de Práctica Arquitectónica

17:00 - 6 April, 2018
Meroma Restaurant / Oficina de Práctica Arquitectónica, © Luis Young
© Luis Young

© Luis Young © Luis Young © Luis Young © Luis Young + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Roma, 06760 Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
  • Architects in Charge

    Rosalía Yuste, Diego Mañón
  • Design Team

    Berenice Solis y David Ignorosa
  • Area

    160.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

What It’s Like to be an Architect who Doesn’t Design Buildings

06:00 - 6 April, 2018
What It’s Like to be an Architect who Doesn’t Design Buildings, Han Zhang along with her team at <a href="http://www.archdaily.cn">ArchDaily China</a>. Image Courtesy of Han Zhang
Han Zhang along with her team at ArchDaily China. Image Courtesy of Han Zhang

There's an old, weary tune that people sing to caution against being an architect: the long years of academic training, the studio work that takes away from sleep, and the small job market in which too many people are vying for the same positions. When you finally get going, the work is trying as well. Many spend months or even years working on the computer and doing models before seeing any of the designs become concrete. If you're talking about the grind, architects know this well enough from their training, and this time of ceaseless endeavor in the workplace only adds to that despair.

Which is why more and more architects are branching out. Better hours, more interesting opportunities, and a chance to do more than just build models. Furthermore, the skills you learn as an architect, such as being sensitive to space, and being able to grasp the cultural and societal demands of a place, can be put to use in rather interesting ways. Here, 3 editors at ArchDaily talk about being an architect, why they stopped designing buildings, and what they do in their work now. 

Zempoala 267 Building / GDE Grupo Diseño y Espacios

13:00 - 19 March, 2018
© Angelica Ibarra
© Angelica Ibarra

© Angelica Ibarra © Angelica Ibarra © Angelica Ibarra © Angelica Ibarra + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barranca del Muerto 561, Merced Gómez, 01600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
  • Architects in Charge

    Rene Alberto Sinta Muñóz, Sebastian Sinta Silva
  • Collaborators

    Ana Paulina Roldán, Daniel A. Díaz Torres, Daniel Morales, David Balbuena, Erick F. García Sinta, Mariel Sinta Ramos, Melissa Gallegos, Miguel A. Vega Ruíz.
  • Area

    1253.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

B72 / Dosa Studio

10:00 - 10 March, 2018
B72 / Dosa Studio, © Marcos Betanzos
© Marcos Betanzos

© Marcos Betanzos © Marcos Betanzos © Marcos Betanzos © Marcos Betanzos + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Anzures, 11590 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Raúl Medina, Sergio Sousa, Abraham Servin
  • Area

    500.0 m2
  • Photograph

    Marcos Betanzos

Restaurant El Califa / Esrawe Studio

10:00 - 4 March, 2018
Restaurant El Califa / Esrawe Studio, © Camila Cossio
© Camila Cossio

© Camila Cossio © Camila Cossio © Camila Cossio © Camila Cossio + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
  • Design Team

    Héctor Esrawe, Javier García-Rivera, María Santibáñez, Aloisio Guerrero, Alessandro Sperdutti, Daniela Pulido, Federico Stefanovich
  • Area

    240.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

House of Stone / Jorge Hernández de la Garza

13:00 - 3 March, 2018
House of Stone / Jorge Hernández de la Garza , © Jorge Hernández de la Garza
© Jorge Hernández de la Garza

© Jorge Hernández de la Garza © Jorge Hernández de la Garza © Jorge Hernández de la Garza © Jorge Hernández de la Garza + 28

C57-4 Building / Boué arquitectos

15:00 - 23 February, 2018
C57-4 Building / Boué arquitectos, © Marcos Betanzos
© Marcos Betanzos

© Marcos Betanzos © Marcos Betanzos © Marcos Betanzos © Marcos Betanzos + 14

Benjamín Romano: "I Focus on Improving the Building"

09:30 - 23 February, 2018
Torre Reforma. Image © Alfonso Merchand
Torre Reforma. Image © Alfonso Merchand

Visiting Mexico City several times in recent months enabled me to get to know a number of leading architects there. In the process, I was in turn directed to other architects that were new to me, whom I then discovered were, in fact, the leading and most revered architects in the country according to the local architectural community. I am particularly referring to Alberto Kalach and Mauricio Rocha, whose interviews were published in this column last year, and Benjamín Romano, whose name came up when I asked a number of architects to cite their favorite building from recent years in Mexico City. Along with the absolute favorite, Vasconcelos Library by Kalach, another structure stood out: Torre Reforma, a 57-story office tower, the tallest building in the city. The following conversation with Romano, its architect, took place inside this unusually powerful and inventive structure.

Torre Reforma. Image © Alfonso Merchand Torre Reforma. Image © Alfonso Merchand Torre Reforma. Image © Alfonso Merchand Torre Reforma. Image © Alfonso Merchand + 33

Ramos House / JJRR/Arquitectura

17:00 - 19 February, 2018
Ramos House / JJRR/Arquitectura, © Fernando Marroquin
© Fernando Marroquin

© Fernando Marroquin © Fernando Marroquin © Fernando Marroquin © Fernando Marroquin + 17

Building Amsterdam 75 / HERNANDEZDELAGARZA

11:00 - 7 February, 2018
Building Amsterdam 75  / HERNANDEZDELAGARZA, Cortesía de Jorge Hernández de la Garza
Cortesía de Jorge Hernández de la Garza

Cortesía de Jorge Hernández de la Garza Cortesía de Jorge Hernández de la Garza Cortesía de Jorge Hernández de la Garza Cortesía de Jorge Hernández de la Garza + 43

  • Architects

  • Location

    Amsterdam 75, Hipódromo, 06100 Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Jorge Hernández de la Garza
  • Area

    1200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photography

    Courtesy of Jorge Hernández de la Garza

Romero 114 / HGR Arquitectos

13:00 - 5 February, 2018
Romero 114 / HGR Arquitectos, © DIANA ARNAU
© DIANA ARNAU

© DIANA ARNAU © DIANA ARNAU © DIANA ARNAU © DIANA ARNAU + 29

  • Architect

  • Location

    Niños Héroes, Ciudad de México, CDMX, México
  • Area

    15660.5 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Felix Candela's Concrete Shells: An Engineered Architecture for Mexico and Chicago

12:13 - 29 January, 2018
Felix Candela's Concrete Shells: An Engineered Architecture for Mexico and Chicago, Capilla de Palmira (Chapel of Palmira) Lomas de Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, 1958 – 1959
Capilla de Palmira (Chapel of Palmira) Lomas de Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, 1958 – 1959

This exhibition roots Félix Candela (1910-1997) as one of the most prolific architects of the 20th century in his advanced geometric designs and lasting influence in contemporary architecture. It originated through the research of scholar Juan Ignacio del Cueto and is curated by the architectural theorist and designer Alexander Eisenschmidt. The exhibition spotlights Félix Candela’s Concrete Shells through photographs, architectural models, and plans, as well as archival material from his time as a professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1971 to 1978.

Candela exiled to Mexico

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