La torre de agua (The Water Tower) is a hybrid structure (part house, part elevated water tank), which we designed for the municipality of Champotón (Campeche, Mexico) as part of a program coordinated by Infonavit's Sustainable Development Research Center. We would like to thank Carlos Zedillo, Julia Gómez Candela, Brenda López and the entire CIDS team for their great support. Project: Rodrigo Durán and Felipe Orensanz. Design Team: María Teresa Flores. Renderings: Carlos Ríos. Model: Rubén Ocampo.
Issue 21 (Flushed) of Pidgin Magazine, edited by Princeton University's School of Architecture, includes our article "The Sewer Diver". We would like to give special thanks to Julio César Cu Cámara for his time, Oswaldo Ramírez for the amazing photographs, as well as Taylor Cornelson and the entire Pidgin editorial team for their support and interest.
Our proposal "Nine Small Pieces for an Occupation" was recently selected as one of the 27 finalists of the XVIII International Arquine Competition: MEXTRÓPOLI Pavilion.
The latest issue of LUNCH magazine (Alien), published by the University of Virginia's School of Architecture, includes our article "Se Habla Español". Thanks to Amanda Coen, Amanda Goodman, and Chris Young for their support.
This coming June we will be collaborating on the Global Cities program, organized by the universities of LaSalle (Mexico), Javeriana (Colombia), and Deakin (Australia). We would like to thank Érik Carranza of Anónima and LaSalle University for his kind invitation.
The exhibition "Coming and Going. Lance Wyman: Urban Icons", a coproduction of Zooburbia and UNAM's Contemporary Art Museum (MUAC) will be travelling to Monterrey's MARCO and can be visited from June 12 to October 4, 2015.
The catalog (FOLIO 027) for the exhibition "Coming and Going. Lance Wyman: Urban Icons" is out now. It features a curatorial text by Pilar García and our interview with Lance Wyman titled "Finding the Way". We would like to thank Ekaterina Álvarez and Ana Xanic López for their enormous support.
As part of the exhibition "Coming and Going. Lance Wyman: Urban Icons", UNAM's Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC) and Zooburbia will be organizing a workshop with Lance Wyman called "Designing Urban Icons". Information and registration: email@example.com
After five years of hard work, next Saturday October 18th is the opening of the exhibition "Coming and Going. Lance Wyman: Urban Icons", a co-production of Zooburbia and UNAM's Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC). We would like to thank all those who made this project possible, especially Lance Wyman for his enormous support.
Our proposal "Into the Void: An Architectural Competition on Emptiness" received an Honorable Mention in the Competition of Competitions, launched by New York´s Storefront for Art and Architecture in 2013. Our work and that of the other 18 finalists can be viewed online –http://storefrontnews.org/programming/events?preview=true&e=612– and will be exhibited at the Storefront´s gallery until May 24.
Our article "Caput Mundi, Umbilicus Mundi" will be published in Issue 03 of Ground Up, a journal published by Berkeley University's Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. Thanks to Naomi Canchelan and the whole editorial team for their support.
Our article "Geography and the Identity of Fear: The [Other] Battle of Mexico City" has just been published in the latest issue of the Dutch magazine MONU. We would like to thank its editor, Bernd Upmeyer, for his support.
The fisrt installment of "Displacements: An X'scape Journal" (ETSAM, Madrid) will include our piece NAFTAscapes, a reflection on the geography of crime and violence in North America (in collaboration with Blas Herrera). Thanks to the Displacements team for their support.
Our proposal "Into the Void: An Architectural Competition on Emptiness" has been selected as one of the 18 finalists of the Competition of Competitions, launched by New York's Storefront for Art and Architecture.
The next isuue of the New York-based magazine CLOG (Miami) will include our article "Postcards from a (Pan) Latin-American Capital City". We would like to thank Stephanie Lee and Julia van den Hout for their support while preparing the piece.
Once again - during November and December 2013 - we'll be teaching the course Andar la ciudad (Walking the City) at 17, Institute for Critical Studies. We would like to thank Benjamin Mayer (17), Paulina Tambutti (17) and Lorenzo Rocha (Oficina de Arte) for their support.
During 2013's Summer period we'll be teaching a course called Andar la ciudad (Walking the City) at 17, Institute for Critical Studies. Special thanks to Benjamin Mayer (17), Paulina Tambutti (17) and Lorenzo Rocha (Oficina de Arte). Image: FICEDA.
As of August 2013 we'll be teaching a new course at Anahuac University's Northern Mexico City campus: History of 20th Century Architecture. Special thanks to Anne Tardan and Emilio Castro. Image: Jacques Tati / Mon Oncle
During 2013's Summer period we'll be teaching a couple of courses at Anahuac University's Northern Mexico City Campus: Urban Design Theories and Analysis of Contemporary Architeture. Special thanks to Anne Tardan and Emilio Castro. Image: Jess Yu/Shutterstock
As of January 2013 we will be teaching a course on Sociology and Architecture at Anahuac University's Northern Mexico City campus. In addition, we will continue teaching two previous courses: Urban Design Theory and History and Evolution of Cities. Image: Radu Razvan/Shutterstock
We invite you to visit our project Of Other Architectures, through which we seek to explore different ways in which Architecture is perceived from the outside. From Lao-Tzu to Michel Foucault and from Herman Melville to Roman Polanski, the ideas presented offer a general perspective of the ways in which non-architects view and understand Architecture. We appreciate any comments or contributions and apologize for presenting (for now, and due to availability of sources) all the information in English.
Between August and Decembre 2012 we will be teaching a course on the origin and evolution of cities at Anahuac University´s Northern Mexico City Campus. In addition, we will once again teach the course titled Theories of Urban Design. Image: www.worldmapper.org (the world according to its urban areas).
Our proposal for the XIV International Arquine Competition (Go With the Flow - Honourable Mention) has just been published in the magazine´s most recent issue. In this respect, it states that our project "sets out a carufully considered criticism of the problem, with a proposal and visual abstract of the architectural proposal".
Between June and July of this year, we will be teaching a Summer course on Urban Design Theories at Anahuac University's School of Architecture (Mexico City Campus - North).
From December 6th 2011 and until April 15th 2012 we will have a small participation in the exhibition "The Unfinished Grid" which is currently being held at the Museum of the City of New York. Although we were not among the eight winning projects of the competition (The Greatest Grid), our proposal "Displaced Cartographies" was selected along those of 27 teams to form part of the exhibition. We will be included under the category "Conceptual Urbanism" which brings together a total of four proposals that, according to the organizers, show the capacity of Manhattan's grid to inspire new conceptual and theoretical projects in art, architecture, and urbanism. We would like to thank Gregory Wessner (Exhibitions Director at the Architectural League of New York) for his support and our friend Isabel Aguirre for the photographs of the exhibition.
Zooburbia invites you to the lecture Fluvial Cartographies that will be presented by Rene Peralta (Woodbury University San Diego) next Monday May 7th at Anahuac University's Graduate Auditorium. We would like to thank Carmelina Martinez and Bernardo Gomez-Pimienta for their support.
Our proposal for the 14th International Arquine Competition (Go With The Flow) was recently published on the Plataforma Arquitectura website, along with the other two Honorable Mentions and the three winning entries.
The following is the proposal we developed in collaboration with our friends Blas Herrera and Jose Edeza for the 14th International Arquine Competition and which received one of three Honorable Mentions. This edition of the competition received a total of 256 proposals, from which the six finalist teams were selected (three winners and three honorable mentions).
Last January 10th 2012 we joined the faculty team of Anahuac University's School of Architecture (Mexico City's Northern Campus), where we will be teaching a course on Urban Design Theory. We would like to thank the support of Anne Tardan and Bernardo Gomez-Pimienta.
In early October, we were very glad to organize a four-day visit for a group of students and faculty members from Woodbury University (San Diego), who were in Mexico City as part of a Design Studio aimed at exploring new alternatives for social housing in Mexico. The trip included visits to different housing areas (Presidente Aleman Housing Unit, Unidad Independencia, Nonoalco-Tlatelolco Housing Unit and informal housing in the municipality of Ecatepec), as well as to local firms involved in social housing issues (Javier Sanchez Arquitectos and TAAU). We also visited different architectural, urban, and historic landmarks including Mexico City’s Historic Center, Xochimilco, Teotihuacan, Tlatelolco, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s House and Studio, Luis Barragan’s House and Studio, Gilardi House, National University’s Main Campus, Tlatelolco Cultural Center, Jose Vasconcelos Library, MUAC, Virgin of Guadalupe Basilica, Mexico City’s Subway System, Chapultepec Park and La Hija de los Apaches Pulqueria. We would like to thank Marcel Sanchez and Tyler Hanson, the studio’s coordinators, for their support and enthusiasm.
At a moment of the year in which we are waiting for the results of different competitions, professional contracts, and academic opportunities, we couldn't avoid hoping that one of the fortune cookies that we ate today would be premonitory (You will receive an important honor or award).
The following is a sample of Zooburbia's new graphic image, courtesy of legendary designer Lance Wyman, who very kindly accepted collaborating with us. Thank You Officer Lance!
The following are some images of Lance Wyman's lecture last January 19th, who was invited to Mexico City by Zooburbia and UNAM's Museum of Contemporary Art. We would like to offer a sincere apology to all those who were not able to enter the auditorium. Seeing the great response the event had, we hope we have the opportunity to invite him again in the near future. Photos: Ruben Ocampo.
Zooburbia and the National University's Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC) present the lecture LANCE WYMAN IN MEXICO, which will take place next January 19th at 7:00 pm at MUAC's Main Auditorium (Insurgentes 3000, UNAM's Cultural Center). Entrance is free.
Next November 22nd Mexico´s National University will present the Alfonso Caso medals to its most outstanding graduate students (specialization, master's degrees, PhD). Felipe Orensanz, member of Zooburbia, will have the honor of being among the recipients. We would like to thank the support and generosity of Ernesto Alva Martinez, coordinator of the Specialization in Housing and tutor during the program.