The second appointment with Ciudad de Mexico/CDMX: the three-year approach to Mexico City World Design Capital 2018 continues (after beginning with the special issue last year) with the monographic issue United Mexican Design, with the special issue of the magazine, in Spanish and English.
The special issue for 2017 will again be introduced by Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa, Jefe de Gobierno of the capital, underlining the extreme dynamism of the Mexican territory in terms of design initiatives and hospitality.
The advanced vision of the architectural panorama is described in the reflections of Rojkind Arquitectos on the theme of gathering places; those of Ten Arquitectos on spaces for culture; the research of the studio Legorreta in the field of collective architecture; the focus of Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos on the patterns of facades utilized to define new urban images; and the praise of emptiness and material used in constructive textures, in the contributions of Mauricio Rocha and Gabriela Carrillo; the interpretations of Alberto Kalach regarding harmonious interaction with nature, seen as a living material, the key of psychophysical wellbeing. Along with the focus of Luis Artur Garcia on the symbiotic relationship between architecture and landscape. The Italian spirit in Mexico will be narrated by two works of factory architecture designed by the studio Caruso-Torricella and the exclusive villas on the water of the hotel-resort Mar Adentro in San José del Cabo, in Baja California.
Changing gears, though still in a perspective of grafts between different design cultures, we range from an observatory on the most visionary movements to one on self-production, finding important reference points in the works of Hector Esrawe and Alejandro Castro.
The state of the art of design in Mexico, between essential refinement and abstraction, on the one hand, and expressive verve on the other, is discussed by the curator Ana Elena Mallet, and the designer Laura Noriega in an analysis of the relationship with crafts; while Matteo Ragni and Gonzalez Cabrero investigate a dialectic mentor-student relationship.