Archinect - News 2017-08-24T01:10:01-04:00 Trump administration to waive environmental rules and other laws to expedite border wall construction Alexander Walter 2017-08-02T18:04:00-04:00 >2017-08-02T18:05:18-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will waive environmental reviews and other laws to replace a stretch of border wall in San Diego, moving to make good on one of the president&rsquo;s signature campaign pledges. Critics including the Center for Biological Diversity criticized the move as overreach and a threat to the environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Last week, the House of Representatives approved the administration&rsquo;s request for $1.6 billion to start building Trump&rsquo;s border wall," PBS NewsHour reports, "which would include replacing 14 miles (22 kilometers) in San Diego covered by the latest waiver and building 60 miles (96 kilometers) of new barriers in Texas&rsquo; Rio Grande Valley."</p> <p>And the Rio Grande stretch, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">as we all know</a>, will require some (costly) construction magic.</p> The Department of Homeland Security plans to start building prototypes for Mexico border wall this summer Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-28T14:55:00-04:00 >2017-06-28T14:55:53-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Congress may not have agreed to President Trump's $2.6 billion budget proposal for his much-touted border wall, but that has not stopped&nbsp;Customs and Border Protection from preparing for the first stage of the project; testing prototypes for the border protection.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to Ronald Vitiello, Customs and Border Protection&rsquo;s acting deputy commissioner, $20 million, allocated from other programs, have been used&nbsp;to pay four to eight companies that&nbsp;will be contracted to produce prototypes for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the border wall</a>&nbsp;with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mexico</a>.&nbsp;To be completed within&nbsp;30 days in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Diego</a> those prototypes will then serve as models for the roughly 2,000-mile border. More than 600 companies submitted designs for the wall before a March deadline. <br> &ldquo;Think of it,&rdquo; Trump told a crowd at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. &ldquo;The higher it goes, the more valuable it is. Pretty good imagination, right?&rdquo;</p> Design for Tijuana Cathedral nixed for 'not looking like a cathedral' Nicholas Korody 2017-06-02T17:44:00-04:00 >2017-06-06T18:01:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The architect Eugenio Velazquez has had a tough couple years. Back in 2012, he was jailed for smuggling cocaine from Mexico into the United States. Now, his design for a new cathedral in Tijuana has been shut down&mdash;11 years after work first started.</p><p>The Archbishop of Tijuana, Francisco Moreno Barr&oacute;n, cancelled the project because he felt that Velazquez&rsquo;s contemporary design didn&rsquo;t look like a cathedral. So now he&rsquo;s launched a competition for a new, assumedly more traditional, design. It&rsquo;s open only to Mexican architects, although foreigners are allowed to team up with Mexican ones.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&ldquo;In its eagerness to be modern, the project does not resemble a Catholic temple, much less a cathedral,&rdquo; Archbishop Barr&oacute;n wrote in a statement.</p><p>The whole project has a rather dark side to it. While the site was obtained back in the late &lsquo;70s, construction was delayed due to the 1993 assassination of the previous archbishop of Tijuana, Juan Jes&uacute;s Posadas Ocampo, who was mistaken for a drug lord. And Velazquez...</p> ZHA designs Alai, an ecologically-sensitive residential complex in the Mayan Riviera Nicholas Korody 2017-05-17T13:36:00-04:00 >2017-05-17T18:30:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="929" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Mayan Riviera has had a rapid increase of visitors each year&mdash;over 10% annually&mdash;and its residential population has almost doubled since 2000. In fact, it has more international visitors than any other region in Latin America. While great for the economy, this influx can have a negative effect on the region&rsquo;s ecology.</p><p>Zaha Hadid Architects have designed Alai, a complex of residential buildings that marry &ldquo;ecological considerations, engaging design and a reinterpretation of local architectural tradition.&rdquo; Alai is sited on a plot of land previously prepped for a building never completed.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>By limiting the total footprint of all residential buildings to 7% of the site, the design reduces its environmental impact and the vegetation to remain largely intact. An onsite botanical nursery is intended to aid the restoration of biodiversity that was disturbed by the previous owner. There&rsquo;s also a woodland reserve and a coastal wetland restoration project.</p><p>The residential buildings themselves are...</p> How Esther McCoy's writings connected Mexican and LA design in this Museo Jumex exhibition Justine Testado 2017-03-15T17:02:00-04:00 >2017-03-15T17:07:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="656" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Esther McCoy is best known as the architecture writer who helped shape the story of Modernism in Los Angeles. Less known is the nearly year-long period she spent in Mexico in 1951. During this time, she wrote about key architectural developments in the country... &ldquo;The [&ldquo;Passersby 02: Esther McCoy&rdquo; exhibition] presents [McCoy] as this kind of bridge,&rdquo; says Esparza, &ldquo;from L.A. to Mexico and from Mexico to L.A.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architecture historian and critic Esther McCoy is the spotlight of a micro-exhibition called&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Passersby 02: Esther McCoy&rdquo;</a>, which closes this Sunday at&nbsp;Museo Jumex. The exhibition investigates how McCoy's&nbsp;writings on key architectural developments in Mexico during her extended stay in 1951 had an influence on the architectural styles that developed in Los Angeles. It explores the exchange of ideas and references between&nbsp;Mexico and Los Angeles, and how McCoy became an important connection between the two places.</p> Gabriela Carrillo named 2017 Architect of the Year in Women in Architecture Awards + Rozana Montiel wins Moira Gemmill Prize Justine Testado 2017-03-03T19:06:00-05:00 >2017-03-04T23:26:41-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><br>The Architectural Review and the Architects' Journal celebrated more leading ladies in the 2017 Women in Architecture Awards today. They announced Gabriela Carrillo as Architect of the Year, while Rozana Montiel received the &pound;10,000 Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture. Last month, Denise Scott Brown was honored with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Jane Drew Prize</a>.</p><p>Previously awarded to architects like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeanne Gang</a>, Francine Houben, and&nbsp;Mich&aacute;l Cohen and Cindy Walters, Architect of the Year recognizes design excellence in a single built project completed in 2016. The&nbsp;Moira Gemmill Prize&nbsp;supports the continuing professional development of the recipient. Previous winners include&nbsp;Ambrosi Etchegaray co-founder Gabriela Etchegaray and Hannah Lawson of&nbsp;John McAslan + Partners.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Gabriela Carrillo, Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo, Criminal Courts for Oral Trials, P&aacute;tzcuaro, Mexico.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Rozana Montiel, Rozana Montiel Estudio de Arquitectura, Tepoztlan House, Mexico.</em></p><p>Carrillo and Montiel were com...</p> Three pyramids in one: Mayan Kukulkan pyramid is an architectural "Russian nesting doll" Julia Ingalls 2016-11-17T13:08:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T22:52:27-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Once, twice, three times a pyramid: thanks to non-invasive scanning, archaeologists have determined that "El Castilo," also known as the Kukulkan pyramid in Chichen Itza, has two other pyramids inside of it. As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian</a> explains:</p><p>"A 10-metre-tall pyramid was found within another 20-metre structure, which itself is enveloped by the 30-metre exterior visible at the Maya archeological complex known as Chichen Itza in Yucat&aacute;n state.&nbsp;The smallest pyramid was built between the years 550 and 800, engineers and anthropologists said. The middle structure had already been discovered in the 1930s and dates back to the years 800-1000, while the largest one was finished between 1050 and 1300."</p><p>Pyramids in the news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown Jerusalem gets a Libeskind-designed Pyramid Tower</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at the Giza 2030 master plan: blessing or curse for Egypt?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG News: Planning Commission Approves Durst&rsquo;s 57th Street Pyramid Apartments</a></li></ul> Javier Senosiain's low-income "bio-architecture" housing proposal Julia Ingalls 2016-10-18T14:26:00-04:00 >2016-10-24T22:25:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Forming a closer, more harmonious bond between humanity and nature is the underlying goal of Javier Senosiain's organic or so-called "bio-architecture." His buildings often take the shape of organic forms--in one case, mythic serpent Quetzalcoatl--while simultaneously harvesting rainwater and providing natural shade and ventilation, among other attributes. The Mexican architect and professor at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNAM</a> has a retrospective exhibition at The Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City displaying his buildings, including a proposed low-income housing complex which breaks away from the cram'em'in monolithic housing milleu and instead creates a walkable, livable village. Check out this <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CCTV-America</a> video profiling Senosiain and his work:</p> Uber takes to the skies with a new advertising strategy in Mexico DF Nicholas Korody 2016-10-17T18:45:00-04:00 >2016-10-18T11:15:38-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Mexico City is notorious for its gridlock (and the smog it produces). The ride-sharing platform Uber has taken advantage of this captive audience with an unusual advertising medium: drones.</p><p>As reported by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a>, Uber has sent off a fleet of sign-bearing drones to hover over windshields. &ldquo;Driving by yourself?&rdquo; asks one in Spanish. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s why you can never see the volcanoes.&rdquo;</p><p>Mexico City represents Uber&rsquo;s biggest market, so the unique (and aggressive) advertising strategy makes some sense. No word yet on any drone-provoked fender benders.</p><p>For more on Uber and its influence on cities, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The view from inside a self-driving Uber: "the technology is not quite ready"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber and the future of on-demand public transit</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber lets you hail its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh later this month</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New study finds ride-sharing apps like Lyft and Uber have no effect on drunk-driving fatalities</a></li></ul> Architecture and the Wall: Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman on the US-Mexico Border Nicholas Korody 2016-06-23T12:45:00-04:00 >2016-06-30T20:36:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>..We must expose rather than mask the institutional mechanisms driving uneven urban development. Such a revelation requires a corresponding expansion of our understanding of the scope of architecture itself&mdash;can we design human rights, for example? Can social justice become an architectural protocol? In other words, the most important materials with which architects must learn to work are not steel and concrete but critical knowledge of the underlying conditions that produce today&rsquo;s urban crises.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The article makes reference to the controversy generated a few months ago over a competition to design Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposed border wall between the US and Mexico. The editors of Bustler, Archinect's sister site, decided not to host the competition due to potential conflicts with our ethical standards, writing, "We are conflicted about the nature of the competition and fear that it promotes xenophobia. The competition goes against the ethical standards we strive to align ourselves with.&rdquo;</p><p>For more on the competition, check out the editorial on <a href="" target="_blank">Bustler.</a></p> Battle rages over a public sculpture in Mexico City Nicholas Korody 2016-06-02T15:01:00-04:00 >2016-06-04T20:36:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is a simple sculpture: 64 concrete pyramids that stand in a perfect circle around two-and-a-half acres of rippling, black volcanic rock. Known as &ldquo;Espacio Escult&oacute;rico&rdquo; (&ldquo;Sculptural Space&rdquo;), the sculpture was inaugurated in 1979 here on the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. It is considered one of the most important pieces of land art in Mexico, a tranquil oasis in a chaotic city.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"But the recent construction of a white eight-story building nearby has prompted a furious protest that pits the university&rsquo;s needs against Mexico&rsquo;s cultural heritage."</em></p><p>For more news from the <em>Distrito Federal</em>, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">How one architect is working to fix Mexico City's faulty water supply infrastructure</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">A return to Mexico City's lacustrine origins</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Tatiana Bilbao's solution to Mexico's housing shortage</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">FR-EE, Frente and RVDG to redevelop Mexico City's historic Avenida Chapultepec</a></li></ul> Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: rewarding obscurity Andrea Dietz 2016-05-31T17:22:00-04:00 >2016-06-03T00:58:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Much will be published over the coming days about the Biennale's national pavilion winners&mdash;Spain&rsquo;s &ldquo;Unfinished&rdquo; (with the Golden Lion) and Japan&rsquo;s &ldquo;en: Art of Nexus&rdquo; and Peru&rsquo;s &ldquo;Our Amazon Frontline&rdquo; (with special mentions). It is a phenomenon that conceals the terrain, limiting the perspective of the majority, and inaccurately reduces the dynamism of the lived experience. At the same time, after the fascination with the nominations wears off, it garners those passed over with a certain mystique. In the interest of representation and curiosity, then, it seems fitting to acknowledge a (very) small sampling of the more and wider.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Oh, Canada. This year, per curator Pierre B&eacute;langer, the Canadians overcame &ldquo;a list of every possible bureaucratic, logistical, and material blockade imaginable multiplied times three&rdquo; in order to participate in the Biennale. With their permanent pavilion closed for construction and an agitator&rsquo;s stance, the &ldquo;Extraction&rdquo; team&rsquo;s contribution is all fight. They t...</p> 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="650" height="374" 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="650" height="368" 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="650" height="413" 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="650" height="366" 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="646" height="440" 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="650" height="433" 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="650" height="433" 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="650" height="390" 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="650" height="433" 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="650" height="406" 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="600" height="338" 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="650" height="364" 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="650" height="431" 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="600" height="432" 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="530" height="224" 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="650" height="436" 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>