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Alejandro Aravena and David Chipperfield Among Speakers at Mextrópoli's Architecture Festival 2019

11:45 - 7 February, 2019
Alejandro Aravena and David Chipperfield Among Speakers at Mextrópoli's Architecture Festival 2019, © Mextrópoli
© Mextrópoli

Mextrópoli is a ludic and reflexive event that heightens the voices of architects, city planners and authorities to generate knowledge about the city that occupants inhabit. At Mextrópoli, public spaces are filled with pavilions, panel discussions that involve prominent actors in issues such as urbanism and public policy, as well as a strong selection of speakers. This program seeks to include all citizens. Students, activists, urban planners and architects are welcome to experience the extraordinary city.

In its sixth edition, the Mextrópoli Architecture and City Festival will propose new ways of thinking about the city as an open territory that is continually redefining its limits.

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. 

Details of this Week's MEXTRÓPOLI Architecture and City Festival 2018

06:00 - 16 March, 2018
Details of this Week's MEXTRÓPOLI Architecture and City Festival 2018, Cortesía de Mextrópoli
Cortesía de Mextrópoli

In 2018, the MEXTRÓPOLI Festival of Architecture and City presents its fifth edition, consolidating itself as a key event in the cultural agenda of Mexico City and as an important architectural event on a global scale. With its high curatorial quality MEXTRÓPOLI promotes the voices of architects, artists, mayors, and humanists who are globally recognized in their respective disciplines while offering affordable prices to students and anyone interested in the present and future directions of cities. MEXTRÓPOLI is a platform that allows you to experience the city, as well as to reflect on its political, civilian and aesthetic aspects.

What can Latin America Learn From WOHA's Green Skyscrapers?

16:00 - 22 April, 2017

WOHA's first exhibition in Latin America, Garden City Mega City: WOHA's Urban Ecosystems presents over two decades of WOHA's international designs. With its inauguration at the Museum of the City of Mexico during the MEXTRÓPOLI International Festival of Architecture and City, the exhibition proposes the introduction of biodiversity and lively public spaces into vertical, climate-sensitive highrises within megalopolises.

The exhibition features sixteen intricate architectural models, an immersive video installation and large-scale drawings and images that show WOHA's proposals for vertical communities in the tropical megacities. PLANE-SITE documented the exhibition's opening along with the points of view of various MEXTRÓPOLI contributors and city officials.

WOHA On Why High-Density Living Doesn't Mean Sacrificing Nice Things

14:00 - 3 April, 2017

As part of the MEXTRÓPOLI festival in Mexico City early last month, Singapore-based firm WOHA debuted their first exhibition in the Latin America, GARDEN CITY MEGA CITY. WOHA's architecture introduces biodiversity into public spaces, turning high-rise courtyards and hallways into teeming community assets. In this exhibition, the architects show how their work has addressed both climate change and the social challenges that occur as a result of rapid (upward) urban development.

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
  • Category

  • 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

Lacustrine Pavilion / TAP (Taller de Arquitectura Pública)

17:00 - 15 March, 2017
Lacustrine Pavilion / TAP (Taller de Arquitectura Pública), © Enrique Marquez Abella
© Enrique Marquez Abella

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MEXTROPOLI 2017: A 4-Day Architecture Festival in Mexico City

07:30 - 3 February, 2017
MEXTROPOLI 2017: A 4-Day Architecture Festival in Mexico City

MEXTRÓPOLI, International Festival of Architecture and the City is an opportunity to experience the city through architecture.

Call for Submissions: MEXTRÓPOLI 2017 Pavilion in Mexico

14:48 - 9 November, 2016
Call for Submissions: MEXTRÓPOLI 2017 Pavilion in Mexico, Courtesy of Arquine
Courtesy of Arquine

The MEXTRÓPOLI Pavilion will become a public space that is activated to promote reflection of key issues for the city, a pavilion with social vocation, which is recyclable and reusable, contemplating relocation and achieve incorporated as a recreational device, information carrier and knowledge to a space currently demands the city. Participants must design a structure that complies with the requirements that specify the rules of this competition in terms of time, cost and characteristics; considered as a fundamental part to evaluate the proposal on thematic approach should be discussions within the structure will be carried out, this way the MEXTRÓPOLI Pavilion will become a traveling purposeful device that every year open global space competition from generating ideas that revolve around the development process of architecture and the city, which in turn will become the benchmark per se of each edition of the Festival of Architecture and City.

Open Call: Arquine Launches Competition to Design the 2016 MEXTROPOLI Pavilion

08:00 - 22 October, 2015
Open Call: Arquine Launches Competition to Design the 2016 MEXTROPOLI Pavilion

Held annually since 1998, Arquine’s International Architecture Competition seeks to explore issues of importance and relevance to society, creating a space for dialogue between both national and international architects.

AD Interviews: Martha Thorne / IE School of Architecture and Design

06:00 - 11 June, 2015

During the Mextropoli Festival in Mexico City, we had the chance to sit down with Martha Thorne, the Vice Dean of the IE School of Architecture and Design, and the Executive Director of the Pritzker Prize, who spoke with us about some of the challenges currently facing architecture education.

"When there is globalization in any field there’s the danger that every place becomes similar, or in this case the danger that schools can become similar or standardized, all trying to approach architecture and the academics of architecture in the same way,” she explained. “I think what’s really interesting is to try to look at schools and see how they try to differentiate themselves.”

Arquine Presents: MEXTROPOLI 2015

00:00 - 13 January, 2015
Arquine Presents: MEXTROPOLI 2015

Arquine’s second annual International Architecture and Latin American City festival, MEXTRÓPOLI, will take place from March 6-10, 2015 in Mexico City. To encourage citizen participation, the festival will be broken down into six parts: listening, dialogue, observation, taking action, participation and celebration.

MEXTRÓPOLI aims to convert Mexico City into a pioneering city, making it an architectural reference for the continent. The festival also serves as an important cultural project for the city, encouraging urban regeneration and promoting Mexico city’s artistic heritage.

AD Interviews: Winka Dubbeldam

01:00 - 3 April, 2014

At last week's Mextrópoli conference we spoke with Winka Dubbeldam about the challenges of architecture education. We also asked her to elaborate on why she thinks architecture should embrace industrial design tools. Watch the short clip to hear Winka's thoughts on making technology a more integral part of our built environment.

Jury Member Juhani Pallasmaa On Finding Less "Obvious" Pritzker Laureates

01:00 - 31 March, 2014

Last week, while the ArchDaily team was in Mexico City for the Mextrópoli Conference, we caught up with Pritzker Jury member Juhani Pallasmaa and asked him to shed some light onto the recent winners of one of architecture's highest honors. Watch Pallasmaa, a renowned Finnish architect and professor, explain what motivates his approach for recognizing architects in a world with "so much publicity."

"The Pritzker jury has now, for at least 5 years, tried to select architects who are not the most obvious names because there is so much publicity in the architectural world and we'd rather try to find architects who have not been published everywhere else..."