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Free Coloring Book by Carmelina&Aurelio Features Projects From Oscar Niemeyer and Luis Barragán

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Carmelina&Aurelio Architecture Studio based in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas in Mexico, released a book with architectural illustrations to color. The book in PDF format is available on their website for free and consists of eight letter-size pages. Read on for the featured projects as well as examples of color palettes for further inspiration.

Sordo Madaleno Architects Designs New Hotel for Mexico's Sea of Cortez

The large biological reserves located in La Paz, Baja California Sur in northern Mexico have made this destination one of the most significant for ecotourism and its proximity to the United States has accelerated its development in recent years.

Vista aérea. Render por CG Verón. Image © Sordo Madaleno ArquitectosVista aérea. Render por CG Verón. Image © Sordo Madaleno ArquitectosVista desde el Mar de Cortés. Vista aérea. Render por CG Verón. Image © Sordo Madaleno ArquitectosVista Interior. Render por SMA. Image © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos+ 15

30 Years After Luis Barragán: 30 Architects Share Their Favorite Works

Torres de Satélite / Luis Barragán + Mathias Goeritz. Image © Rodrigo FloresCasa Barragán. Image © Rodrigo FloresCasa Gilardi / Luis Barragán. Image © Eduardo LuqueCasa Gilardi / Luis Barragán. Image © Eduardo Luque+ 16

On November 22, 1988, one of the most important and revered figures in the history of Mexican and international architecture died in Mexico City. Luis Barragán Morfín, born in Guadalajara and trained as a civil engineer left behind an extensive legacy of published works, conferences, buildings, houses, and gardens that remain relevant to this day. While Barragán was known for his far-reaching research in customs and traditions, above all, the architect spent his life in contemplation. His sensitivity to the world and continued effort to rewrite the mundane has made him a lasting figure in Mexico, and the world.

Undoubtedly, Luis Barragán's legacy represents something so complex and timeless that it continues to inspire and surprise architects across generations. It is because of this that, 30 years after his death, we've compiled this series of testimonies from some of Mexico's most prominent contemporary architects, allowing them to reflect on their favorites of Barragan's works and share just how his work has impacted and inspired theirs. 

Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos Proposes a New Design for Mexico's Querétaro Cathedral

Exterior view at night. Render by © Ignacio Herrera. Image © Sordo Madaleno ArquitectosExterior view of the Atrium. Render by © Ignacio Herrera. Image © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos© Sordo Madaleno ArquitectosFrontal view of the project. Render by © Ignacio Herrera. Image © Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos+ 16

In response to calls for a larger space, the Santiago Apostle Cathedral is the proposed home for the Queretaro Diocese. The proposed building lies on a 20,000 square meter plot of land on the city's south central side. The project aims to turn the building into not only a new religious and community space, but also an architectural icon for the city.

The project's design is based on a guiding axis that points towards the rising sun. The nave's geometry begins in the circle and then spreads throughout the structure from the principal entrance all the way towards the altar. The cathedral's roof is made up of a grand staircase that also houses a reflection pool. 

Alcázar de Toledo / Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

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Ciudad de México, Mexico

The Design of ARTZ Pedregal, a New Urban Center in Mexico City Designed by Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

Note: This project was originally published in Spanish on ArchDaily on April 27, 2016. Due to the news of the project's partial collapse, we have translated the original post to provide more information in English.

Currently underway in Mexico City, the project by Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos inserts a new urban-scale project designed under environmental and social concepts to expand public spaces and the collective interaction in the south of the city. The volumetry of this mixed-use project that incorporates commercial developments, corporate towers and a large urban park.

"ARTZ is more than just a project, it is a space that improves the city and therefore the quality of life of its users," comments Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas, president of SMA.

More information about the project is available below. 

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