Archinect - News 2016-05-30T05:02:33-04:00 Inside Aravena's open source plans for low-cost yet upgradable housing Julia Ingalls 2016-04-06T14:35:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T01:42:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena accepted the Pritzker Prize yesterday</a>, his firm Elemental released four open source plans for low income housing that, according to the firm's website, balance the constraints of "low-rise high density, without overcrowding, with possibility of expansion (from social housing to middle-class dwelling)." The plans were released partly as a response to the looming housing crisis of 2030, in which it is estimated that two billion people will be living under the poverty line.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Aravena's self-described "incremental housing" is partly a governmental effort, and partly an individual one. By providing plans for proven models of sustainable housing, people can have greater agency in housing themselves. "Given the magnitude of the housing shortage, we won't solve this problem unless we add people's own resources and building capacity to that of governments and the market," reads Elemental's statement.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The four projects Elemental has released plans for are Quinta Monroy, V...</p> How one architect is working to fix Mexico City's faulty water supply infrastructure Justine Testado 2016-03-23T18:42:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T00:42:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'Mexico City&rsquo;s water system goes against its own functional essence. The city is dehydrating itself. We&rsquo;re mixing our water with poisonous waste and then pumping it out through a complex network of pipes. Just like what happens when a human is dehydrated, Mexico City has diarrhea.' &mdash; Elias Cattan</p></em><br /><br /><p>"In a mega-metropolis with a deep history of corrupt leaders and state-sanctioned misinformation, [architect Elias Cattan of Taller 13] believes awareness is the first step. That&rsquo;s why he&rsquo;s part of a growing movement of environmental scientists, activists, designers and engineers determined to redesign Mexico City&rsquo;s water supply management while educating its 9 million residents in the process."</p><p>More related to public health issues on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EPA study finds no evidence that fracking has lead to polluted drinking water</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Should the children of Flint be resettled?</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dispatch from Flint: How architects can help, on Archinect Sessions #54</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One CEO's plan to supply water to drought-stricken CA cities, and obviously profit from it</a></p> US/Mexico border wall competition provokes controversy Nicholas Korody 2016-03-16T17:08:00-04:00 >2016-03-21T12:36:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump dominated another round of primaries last night...further securing his position as the party&rsquo;s frontrunner. His polemical campaign continues to provoke criticism from both his own party and from Democrats, as concern over his inflammatory, xenophobic and sexist rhetoric transforms into panic. The debate breached into architecture after a competition was announced last week for design responses to Trump&rsquo;s call for a wall along the US/Mexico border.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bustler, Archinect's sister site, declined the opportunity to post a competition calling for design responses to Donald Trump's calls for a border wall, which has since generated a good deal of controversy. Read about why &ndash; then join the debate on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>For related content, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Minimalist Homes Rise in Tijuana as Violence Subsides</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photo Project Details Life Along U.S.-Mexico Border</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Virtual Border</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US border fences threaten ecosystem</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ecology of the Border Fence</a></li></ul> There's now a pedestrian bridge on the U.S.-Mexico border that let's you fly into Tijuana, and walk out into San Diego Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-11T13:35:00-05:00 >2015-12-11T13:41:51-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A purple pedestrian bridge between two terminals that link Tijuana International Airport and San Diego over the U.S.-Mexico border opened to passengers Wednesday morning. The&nbsp;Cross Border Xpress is the first project to join a site in the U.S. with a foreign airport terminal. [...] The $120-million private venture aims to serve about 2.4 million fliers each year who usually would have to queue up in busy border crossings at San Ysidro and Otay Mesa on the California side.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> As the U.S. loses more Mexican immigrants than it gains, the construction industry must adapt Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-20T19:35:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T23:12:33-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The number of Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. illegally has declined. In 2014, 5.6 million unauthorized immigrants from Mexico lived in the U.S., down by about 1 million since 2007. [...] Mexican unauthorized immigrants are more likely than unauthorized immigrants overall to work in the construction industry ... Among Mexican unauthorized immigrants ages 16 and older who were employed in 2012, 19% worked in construction and 13% worked in a wide range of businesses</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Wall Street Journal</em></a>&nbsp;previously reported on the trend of declining Mexican-born workers in the U.S. construction industry, leading to a total loss of half a million laborers since 2007.&nbsp;According to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a Pew Research Study</a> in "Hispanic Trends" from March of 2015, citing the most recent data through 2012, unauthorized immigrants account for 14% of the construction workforce overall:</p><p><em>Unauthorized immigrants made up 5.1% of the nation&rsquo;s labor force in 2012, numbering 8.1 million who were working or looking for work, according to previously published Pew Research estimates (Passel and Cohn, 2014). But as this new analysis shows, they account for a far higher share of the total workforce in specific jobs, notably farming (26%), cleaning and maintenance (17%), and construction (14%).</em></p><p>Read the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">full report</a> from the Pew Research Center for more information on the current state of the Mexican immigrant population in the U.S.</p> Building a new architecture school in, and for, Tijuana: "I wanted to be right in the middle of things." Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-02T12:30:00-05:00 >2015-12-11T13:50:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"We want students to be able to build &mdash; to go to a building or a plaza and be able to analyze what works and what doesn't. And we want them to work within the social context, in this case, of Tijuana." "Tijuana is our laboratory," says Enrique Gonz&aacute;lez Silva, the school's founding academic director. "The idea of the program is that the students understand the reality of being an architect here." [...] "The theory is very important. But we want students to be able to design and build."</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Tijuana's developing architectures:</p><ul><li><a title="Minimalist Homes Rise in Tijuana as Violence Subsides" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Minimalist Homes Rise in Tijuana as Violence Subsides</a></li><li><a title="El futuro necesita imaginarse; Tijuana, Edgelands and Network culture " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">El futuro necesita imaginarse; Tijuana, Edgelands and Network culture</a></li><li><a title="Rethinking the U.S./Mexico Border Fence" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rethinking the U.S./Mexico Border Fence</a></li></ul> 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> Drought reveals 16th century church beneath Mexican reservoir Nicholas Korody 2015-10-19T13:59:00-04:00 >2015-10-21T20:15:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The ruins of a 16th century church have emerged from the waters of a reservoir in Mexico. The water level in the Nezahualc&oacute;yotl reservoir in Chiapas state has dropped by 25m (82ft) because of a drought in the area. The church, known as the Temple of Santiago or the Temple of Quechula, has been under nearly 100ft of water since 1966. The church, which is believed to have been built by Spanish colonists, is 183ft long and 42ft wide, with a bell tower that rises 48ft above the ground.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&nbsp;</p> Mexico’s $105m Baroque Museum denied environmental permit Alexander Walter 2014-09-19T12:36:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T17:25:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Mexican federal agency has denied the environmental permit to allow the construction of the $105m International Baroque Museum in Puebla, less than a month after the groundbreaking ceremony. The project, designed by the Japanese architect and 2013 Pritzker Prize-winner Toyo Ito, was deemed &ldquo;not applicable&rdquo; by Semarnat&rsquo;s (the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources) General Directorate of Environmental Impact and Risk.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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> Minimalist Homes Rise in Tijuana as Violence Subsides Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-06T15:08:00-04:00 >2014-06-06T15:09:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ask almost any of the local architects in this Mexican border town and they will tell you Tijuana has become a hotbed of building activity. The growing demand for designer homes, they say, is being driven primarily by Tijuana natives returning to the city... Most of the developments in Tijuana are for upper-middle-class families ... but the spare designs and basic building materials, especially concrete, used by Mr. Medina and others make it possible for more residents to have designed homes.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The tragedy of Tampico, Mexico: a city of violence, abandoned to the trees Alexander Walter 2014-06-02T14:00:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T18:52:13-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a result of the violence, the local real estate market has bottomed out. Those who flee the city usually can&rsquo;t sell their homes and businesses, so more and more buildings, including some of Tampico&rsquo;s largest and most impressive ones, lie abandoned. Buildings that could easily survive for another century are mere empty shells, with huge trees growing through the roofs and out of the windows. Such levels of abandonment are rarely seen in the centre of a major city.</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> Luis Barragán Homage Tweaks Vitra, the Copyright Owners Archinect 2013-11-04T12:16:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T21:20:29-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After passing to the widow of Barrag&aacute;n&rsquo;s business partner, it was sold in 1994 to a wealthy Swiss couple, Rolf Fehlbaum, chairman of Vitra, the international furniture company and design museum, and the woman who was to become his wife, Federica Zanco, an architectural scholar. In the years since, Ms. Zanco has devoted her life to promoting Barrag&aacute;n&rsquo;s legacy. But her determination to keep the archive at Vitra headquarters near Basel has rankled many in Mexico...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Just Launched: CoArq’s “New Dwelling Old Context” Competition Justine Testado 2013-08-22T18:43:00-04:00 >2013-08-22T19:59:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="217" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We are excited to introduce CoArq's latest competition "New Dwelling Old Context", which launched on Aug. 19. New Dwelling Old Context is an international competition to revamp a vacant lot situated in the historical center of downtown Guadalajara in Mexico.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> She may favor Brutalist forms... Nam Henderson 2013-05-15T11:37:00-04:00 >2013-05-21T18:06:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the 40-year-old architect has emerged as one of the country&rsquo;s major creative voices, building an eclectic portfolio of work that includes a 10,000-square-foot neo-Brutalist palazzo, the master plan for an art-filled botanical garden and a spiritual refuge in the Jalisco Mountains. The projects vary wildly in attitude and style</p></em><br /><br /><p> Nicolai Ouroussoff profiled the&nbsp;Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao, for the NYT, T Magazine "Hot Summer" travel edition.</p> Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, Mexican Architect, Dies at 94 Archinect 2013-04-18T12:28:00-04:00 >2013-04-18T22:00:01-04:00 <img src="" width="190" height="241" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Pedro Ram&iacute;rez V&aacute;zquez, the architect who led many of Mexico&rsquo;s landmark Modernist construction projects of the mid-20th century, including museums, the country&rsquo;s largest sports stadium and the shrine that attracts its most important religious pilgrimage, died on Tuesday, his 94th birthday, in Mexico City.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ricardo Legorreta house on Jeju to be demolished Archinect 2012-09-27T17:27:00-04:00 >2012-09-30T17:53:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Jeju City Council, Korean Institutes of Architects, Jeju People&rsquo;s Artists Federation and other cultural organizations has argued that even if it is legally justified to take down this work, it would be a violent act that destroys an outstanding piece of art.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Mexico Inaugurates World's Tallest Suspension Bridge Alexander Walter 2012-01-06T17:15:00-05:00 >2012-01-06T17:17:28-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With yesterday&rsquo;s inauguration, the Baluarte Bridge in Mexico is officially the Guinness World Record holder for the tallest cable-stayed bridge. The massive infrastructure project consists of 152 steel suspenders supporting over 1100 meters of 20 meter wide roadway, with a central span of over 520 meters. Its four lanes are held up by two 400 meter towers &ndash; tall enough to house the Eiffel Tower &ndash; which bring the structure its impressive world record credentials.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Architecture Work of Tatiana Bilbao Archinect 2011-09-03T11:45:00-04:00 >2013-05-15T11:46:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mexican born architect, Tatiana Bilbao focuses on uplifting previously neglected spaces in Mexico&rsquo;s overcrowded urban centers and drug trafficking plagued rural areas. Her designs are 100% sustainable in terms of water and waste management and 40% sustainable in terms of energy use. She has also launched a sustainable nonprofit organization, MX.DF, to focus urban research and address Mexico&rsquo;s most pressing problems...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ricardo Legorreta Honored with 2011 Praemium Imperiale Prize Alexander Walter 2011-07-11T14:50:41-04:00 >2014-04-08T11:28:31-04:00 <img src="" width="200" height="141" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today, the names of the new Praemium Imperiale Laureates were announced in London, Berlin, Paris, Rome, New York and Tokyo. The 5 recipients in their respective fields are Ricardo Legorreta (Architecture, Mexico), Anish Kapoor (Sculpture, UK), Bill Viola (Painting, USA), Seiji Ozawa (Music, Japan), and Judi Dench (Theater/Film, UK).</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Peripheral Porosity Paul Petrunia 2011-06-06T18:06:43-04:00 >2011-06-08T09:49:09-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="669" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For this brief phase in international relations, then, the U.S./Mexico border formally included a strange, pop-up entry/exit point. A kind of embassy of the porous. Passport stamps from the experience must surely stand as some of the most unique in the world, like some variation on philatelic collecting.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "Architect and designer Quilian Riano was on hand for the crossing, and these are his photographs reproduced here. By way of email, Riano described the physical terrain where they crossed beneath and through the border, remarking that the hydrological status of the land there 'really makes you think about how arbitrary borders are.'"</p> Berkeley Prof Reimagines US / Mexico Border Paul Petrunia 2011-04-05T19:10:45-04:00 >2011-11-29T20:46:03-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It would be easy for me to raise a picket sign and as an architect say, &lsquo;Down with this wall!&rsquo;&rdquo; Rael said in a release. &ldquo;I have to accept the wall because it exists, but as a designer I see that something better is possible. Why not do something intelligent, something incredible? I envision not just a &lsquo;dumb wall,&rsquo; but a social infrastructure that connects and improves lives on both sides.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>