Archinect - News 2015-11-24T23:28:52-05:00 A return to Mexico City's lacustrine origins Nam Henderson 2015-11-16T11:27:00-05:00 >2015-11-16T11:27:43-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Basically, instead of allowing this anarchic development to continue growing over the bed of the lake &ndash; which is very expensive, because the quality of the soil is very bad &ndash; we wanted to conduct the growth of the city around the lake area, and to recover a huge natural feature that belongs to everyone, which will change the climate of the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Shumi Bose learns from&nbsp;Alberto Kalach (of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taller de Arquitectura X</a>), why the solution to the capital&rsquo;s future growth may be found in embracing a pre-Hispanic,&nbsp;lacustrine form of urbanism.</p><p>To learn more about the "<em>The hydrological balance of the city</em>", read <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this</a> weeklong report (also from the Guardian)&nbsp;which&nbsp;reveals "<em>the triumphs of the past, the current battles, and the crisis looming in the future</em>".</p> Listen to highlights from Enrique Norten's interview, winner of the 2015 Neutra Award Orhan Ayyüce 2015-11-03T14:55:00-05:00 >2015-11-05T15:48:18-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Somewhere along the lines of recent years, I became the unofficial interviewer for the semiannual <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neutra Award</a>, offered by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cal Poly Pomona</a> to highly regarded master architects in Neutra's vein. In the past, it has been awarded to Tadao Ando, Michael Rotondi and now, Enrique Norten of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TEN Arquitectos</a>.</p><p>The minute I decided to talk to Enrique Norten about modern times and its architecture vis a vis Neutra&rsquo;s VDL House, the conversation unfolded by itself and modernism in presence. I should add, of course, Mr. Norten, staying in the house as Cal Poly Pomona&rsquo;s guest, feeling its energy, its humble experimental brilliance, its importance to architecture and, as an anecdotal moment, not missing a second of the much stuffier Green &amp; Green House where he has also stayed in the past.</p><p>We became friends and agreed what started as modern architecture still continues globally in its many iterations. How can it not? We agreed, we are all moderns, even if we deny, our ancestors lived differently.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p></p>... Enrique Norten of TEN Arquitectos, 2015 recipient of the Richard Neutra Award, in conversation with Orhan Ayyüce Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-26T21:01:00-04:00 >2015-11-05T01:12:43-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the dappled afternoon sunshine of the VDL House&rsquo;s backyard in Silver Lake, senior Archinect Editor Orhan Ayyuce sat down with Enrique Norten, winner of this year&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard J. Neutra Award for Professional Excellence</a>, to talk about modernism&rsquo;s legacy and evolution since the mid-20th century. The Award, issued by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California State Polytechnic University&rsquo;s Department of Architecture</a>, is awarded to architects that fulfill Richard Neutra&rsquo;s ideal of creating new environments for living, and often encourage interdisciplinary collaborations within the profession. Norten was in town for the award ceremony tonight at Cal Poly Pomona.</p><p>Norten&rsquo;s Mexico City and New York-based firm, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TEN Arquitectos</a>, has completed over fifty projects worldwide in its 28-year span, for a variety of architectural programs that are often large enough to operate at an urban scale. The firm&rsquo;s works include Guadalajara&rsquo;s Guggenheim Museum, a branch of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Public Library</a>, the redesign of Rutgers University Coll...</p> Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Tatiana Bilbao's solution to Mexico's housing shortage Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-20T19:56:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T18:32:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Housing &ndash; its affordability, accessibility, and form &ndash; is a key preoccupation of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. While not necessarily the core concern for most of the Biennial's participants, housing gets a significant share of the exhibition's floorspace.</p><p>Several participants' considerations of contemporary housing issues are exhibited in full-scale, benefitting the visitor with an easily relatable (and, at least by size, literally inhabitable) form. As one of these life-sized installations, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tatiana Bilbao Estudio</a>'s sustainable housing project stands out for already being realized outside of the Biennial's walls.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Designed in response to Mexico's housing shortage, referencing the country's overall deficit of 9 million homes, Bilbao's Sustainable Housing project aims to provide a prototype for affordable, adaptable, single-family social housing. After researching with potential users and observing concurrent trends in local social housing design, the firm produced a modified vision...</p> FR-EE, Frente and RVDG to redevelop Mexico City's historic Avenida Chapultepec Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-21T17:59:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T18:58:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="392" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Mexico City-based firms FR-EE, Frente Arquitectura and RVDG Arquitectura + Urbanism will redesign a 0.8 mile-long stretch of Avenida Chapultepec, one of the city&rsquo;s most historic corridors, into a multi-modal public space and park.</p><p>Extending the roadway as a part of Chapultepec Park, their proposal for "Cultural Corridor Chapultepec" includes a broadening of the street&rsquo;s center for pedestrians and recreating, and increased lane spaces for bikes and buses, with a narrowing for cars. There will also be an upper retail level built into the Avenida.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The corridor has played a strong historical role in the city, serving as the thruway that divided the cities of San Juan and San Pablo in the 16th century, and connected the city of Calzada San Juan to the resting place of the Aztec emperors. The roadway became the path for an aqueduct to Mexico City in the 18th century, and was the site for the city&rsquo;s first electrical tramway in 1900. Student protests raged on the Avenida in 1968, while below ...</p> Apple 2 campus taking shape, NCARB names names, and cities sell out: News Round-Up for September 2, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-09T18:04:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:31:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, September 5:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Beijing public transit commuters can now pay fares with empty bottles" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing public transit commuters can now pay fares with empty bottles</a>: Beijingers can insert a recyclable bottle and receive equivalent rebates in train fares or mobile phone credits.</li><li><a title="Community Bus Stops Transform Brazil" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Community Bus Stops Transform Brazil</a>: Thousands of Brazil's bus stops are unmarked, leading fed-up residents to install their own signage under the Que &Ocirc;nibus Passa Aqui?<em>&nbsp;</em>(Which Bus Stops Here?) program, one of the world's biggest community projects.</li><li><a title="Town Becomes a Beer Ad, but Residents Don&rsquo;t Feel Like a Party" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Town Becomes a Beer Ad, but Residents Don&rsquo;t Feel Like a Party</a>: Crested Butte, Colorado, population 1,500, was outfitted for a three-day party to publicize Bud Light, with 1,000 partiers vetted and shipped in by Anheuser-Busch. The town's Mayor agreed to host the party to the tune of $500,000, in part to help boost the town's mostly tourist economy during the difficult "shoulder" season between summer and winter.</li><li><a title="Gehry's Revised Eisenhower Memorial Loses Two Controversial Tapestries, But Concerns Remain" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's Revised Eisenhower Memorial Loses Two Controversial Tapestries, But Concerns Remain</a>: Nitpicking continues over the Memori...</li></ul> Foster + Partners and FR-EE collaboration to design new Mexico City International Airport Justine Testado 2014-09-04T18:53:00-04:00 >2014-09-04T18:53:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A collaboration consisting of Foster + Partners, FR-EE (Fernando Romero Enterprise), and NACO (Netherlands Airport Consultants) won the international competition to design the new Mexico City International Airport in Mexico. The airport's design is surely aiming to set the standard for the airport of the future. Not only is the new structure expected to be one of the world's largest airports at 555,000 sq. meters, it also aims to be the world's most sustainable airport.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Get more details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Mexico City’s new and vivacious architecture Nam Henderson 2014-08-26T13:41:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T08:51:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>They would lead me and two friends through a collection of new and old galleries, museums, neighborhoods, institutions and restaurants, as well as buildings of their own designs, to give me a sense of what stands out to Mexico City architects when they turn their gaze toward home.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sam Lubell visited Mexico City recently, and was led on tours of the city's architecture (old and new) by&nbsp;Fernando Romero and&nbsp;Michel Rojkind.</p><p>Also see previous -&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The chromatic feats...</a>, wherein&nbsp;Guy Trebay rediscovers&nbsp;Mexico City and the houses of the great Mexican architect&nbsp;Luis Barrag&aacute;n.</p> The chromatic feats... Nam Henderson 2014-07-21T12:00:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T12:21:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some obvious reasons are deducible from the graphic elegance of his structures and their seductive saturated &ldquo;Mexican&rdquo; colors. Perhaps, though, new generations are also drawn by instinct to the deep humanism expressed in the work of this undervalued genius, a man who cited as his personal pole stars ideals like amazement, enchantment, serenity, silence and intimacy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in June, Guy Trebay penned a essay '<em>Finding Mexico City, and Luis Barrag&aacute;n, Again</em>'. Therein, he relates how after a long absence from Mexico City, he was inspired to rediscover both the city and the houses of the great Mexican architect.</p><p>He also draws attention to the fact that many of these houses lack official landmark protection, including&nbsp;two of the most important, which are leaving the possession of the families that commissioned them.</p><p>Previously Archinect new items on Barrag&aacute;n;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;</p> Dispatches from 5468796 Architecture's Table for Twelve | Mexico City Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-05T14:03:00-04:00 >2014-05-14T07:49:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Archinect is delighted to present&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5468796 Architecture</a>'s travelogue for their award-winning research project,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Table for Twelve</em></a>. The Winnipeg-based firm received the 2013 Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture from the Canada Council for the Arts, awarded to emerging Canadian architects with outstanding artistic potential. The $50,000 prize is supporting the firm&rsquo;s worldwide travels to both strengthen their skills and expand their presence within the international architectural community.</p><p>5468796&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Table for Twelve</em><em>&nbsp;</em>is a series of dinner parties held at architectural epicenters around the world, in the hopes that picking the brains of local talent will help them identify the drivers behind a strong design culture. Archinect plays host to their global dispatches through this travel blog, updated upon each city&rsquo;s dinner.</p><p>From 5468796:</p><p><strong>MEXICO CITY | Dinner</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>THE TRIP</strong></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5468796</a> Architecture&rsquo;s Jayne Miles reflects on the sixth installment of Table for 12, which took place as part of the larger <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">M...</a></p> Seven firms shortlisted for Mexico City airport expansion Archinect 2014-04-10T19:12:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T19:18:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zaha Hadid Architects, Foster + Partners, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Pascall+Watson have been named on a seven-strong shortlist to design the &pound;1.8 billion expansion of Mexico City airport The quartet of British companies is joined among the finalists by SOM, Gensler and Teodoro Gonz&aacute;lez de Le&oacute;n with Alberto Kalach: TAX.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> In Residence: Fernando Romero - NOWNESS Archinect 2014-03-18T18:00:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T20:34:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;To me, this house is the ultimate modernity dream come true,&rdquo; says Fernando Romero of the two-story, mid-century gem he calls home. &ldquo;It is extremely flexible for all types of activities: for family, for socializing, for living.&rdquo; Designed in 1955 by homegrown architect Francisco Artigas, the house is located in the leafy suburbs of Mexico City, adjacent to one of largest city parks in the Western Hemisphere, Bosque de Chapultepec.</p></em><br /><br /><p></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Residence: Fernando Romero</a> on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> A Mexican Showcase for Ambition Nam Henderson 2014-03-10T14:58:00-04:00 >2014-03-11T12:30:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed by the British architect David Chipperfield, the three-story building is a plain, compact block of light travertine, unornamented apart from a saw-tooth crest on top. It&rsquo;s a no-nonsense, no-ego structure that seems to look inward rather than outward.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Holland Cotter reviews the new&nbsp;Museo Jumex, a contemporary art museum in Mexico City sponsored by the art patron Eugenio L&oacute;pez Alonso. Built adjacent to the more formally -adventurous Museo Soumaya, she judges that the architectural design and inaugural exhibitions point to "<em>a calculated effort by the museum to set itself apart, to baffle expectations</em>".</p> Taubman receives $1.3M grant to fund research program on urban architecture Archinect 2014-02-04T12:15:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:21:13-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="182" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning received a $1.3m grant Monday from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The gift will fund architecture and humanities research on metropolitan issues in cities like Detroit, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro for the next four-and-half years. The Mellon Foundation delivered the &ldquo;Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities&rdquo; grant to the University, which supports scholarship and higher education at the intersection of architecture and the humanities.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> These Walls Speak, Recalling Victims of Violence Alexander Walter 2013-08-29T13:55:00-04:00 >2013-09-02T19:48:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The memorial to Mexico&rsquo;s victims of violence looks like it has been dropped from the sky by an angry God. Welcoming it is not, with its rusted slabs the size of movie screens standing next to a busy intersection. Nor is its mission clear. [...] But then, you walk a little closer and the slabs begin to speak.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Find many more photos and a personal review of the Memorial to the Victims of Violence in Mexico on Alec Perkins' fantastic Archinect blog <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tacos at dawn: exploring Mexico City's architecture and urban culture</a>.</p> Editor's Picks #328 Nam Henderson 2013-08-14T13:58:00-04:00 >2013-08-15T17:56:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In the latest edition of the <strong>Working out of the Box</strong> series Archinect interviewed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooklyn-based designer &amp; artist Doug Johnston</a>.&nbsp;His current profession is creating "<em>objects by stitching rope together</em>" and he explains "<em>I guess sometime early on, I realized that my design work wouldn't be limited to buildings or objects, but would extend to the &lsquo;design&rsquo; or planning of a functioning business and studio practice. This guided my choice to work in smaller offices so that I could have more exposure to the nuts and bolts of generating income managing workflow and cashflow, etc...Being able to apply design thinking to the business structure itself has been really exciting and helpful</em>".</p> <p> <strong>Thayer-D</strong>&nbsp;liked what he saw "<em>Really beautiful stuff.&nbsp; It makes me think it would be incredibly useful to have architecture students actually build things besides models during school.&nbsp; If only to get a tactile understanding of what their drawings might be and what goes into realizing them</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br> Over ...</p> Editor's Picks #322 Nam Henderson 2013-07-02T12:00:00-04:00 >2013-07-02T19:37:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>News</strong><br> RIP - <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iconic Danish architect Henning Larsen died in his sleep in his home in Copenhagen on Saturday, June 22, 2013. Henning Larsen was 87 years old</a>.</p> <p> Lonnae O'Neal Parker of the Washington Post reported that after 14 years in the making and despite recent protests over the Gehry design, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission voted "<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">to move forward with the Frank Gehry-designed memorial to the 34th president</a></em>".&nbsp;<strong>have</strong> cheered "<em>Hopefully the pious "National" Civic Art Society can now go bankrupt. LOL!</em>"</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;posted a link to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#occupygeziarchitecture</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&nbsp;</a>where a group of architects are documenting the temporary structures that were destroyed by the police in Gezi&nbsp;Park, Istanbul.&nbsp;The group explains "<em>The protests in Istanbul indicated one simple thing for architects (designers?): We need new definitions for architecture in situations when architecture is removed from architects.Each unique structure that we encounter in the streets and Gezi Park has its own in-situ design and impl...</em></p> Editor's Picks #321 Nam Henderson 2013-06-25T11:32:00-04:00 >2013-07-06T07:48:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> For the latest edition of the Student Works: series Archinect featured work by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">two AA Visiting Schools one held in Athens &amp; the other in Istanbul</a>.&nbsp;Completed prior to the recent <strong>OccupyGezi</strong> unrest, Noise De-Former (one of the projects from the Istanbul school) "<em>aimed to materialize the fluctuating noise levels in Taksim Square by creating an interface which can regulate noise, enabling a more comfortable environment for the public resting in Gezi Park</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br> Inspired by a recent discussion re: the Influence of Robert Venturi on Louis Kahn&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>;&nbsp;highlighted&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a significant thesis by then Master of Science in Architecture candidate Sam Rodell in Washington State University completed in 2008. In the thesis Mr. Rodell</a>, "<em>considers the question of how Louis Kahn&rsquo;s development as an architect was shaped by the influences of Robert Venturi. The personal and professional interaction between these two historically significant architects began late in Kahn&rsquo;s career and early in Ven...</em></p> Cultural Center Chapultepec Entry by Yau/Morales/Easter/Wawrzenczyk Alexander Walter 2013-05-28T14:53:00-04:00 >2013-05-28T14:53:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The collaborative design team consisting of architects Adrian Yau, Frisly Colop Morales, Jason Easter and Lukasz Wawrzenczyk has shared with us their entry to the Cultural Center Chapultepec competition in Mexico City.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> arquitectura 911sc on Mexico City and other projects Orhan Ayyüce 2012-06-12T11:47:00-04:00 >2012-06-18T17:17:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We are interested in connecting architecture with the social</p></em><br /><br /><p> Confronted with the complexity and political uncertainty of Mexico City, Jose Castillo and Saidee Springall of arquitectura911sc strive for a &ldquo;dual commitment to an architecture that connects the physical with the social, and architecture that is grounded and informed by the city.&rdquo; Their performing Arts Center in Guadalajara is under construction. Recently completed projects include a low-income housing development, bookstores, offices, and commercial spaces in Mexico City, as well as urban planning and infrastructure projects throughout Mexico.</p>