inaugural mextropoli architecture festival in mexico city




from march 22-26 arquine magazine hosted the inaugural mextropoli architecture festival in mexico city. comprised of conferences, presentations, exhibitions, discussion panels, workshops, walking and cycling tours, mextrópoli focussed on four main actions:  to listen (to international speakers), to activate (the reflection of shared experiences),  to expose (proposals regarding current issues of the city and architecture) and finally to promote (mexico city as an important reference of architectural culture in the continent).










‘with mextrópoli we expanded our focus beyond architecture, to include urban issues. more than the themes that were covered, I admired how citizens participated when they had the opportunity to discuss their own city.’


‘for the next mextrópoli we expect even more big names from the architecture world to join the discussion along with some urban artists.’


– miquel adrià, arquine’s founder and general director





juhani pallasmaa – architect
photo by andres berjon




in what was a jam-packed week of events our personal highlight of mextrópoli was the conference at the metropolitan theater in the city’s historical center – the event which spawned mextropoli and is now in it’s 15th edition.


the hour long talks that ran over three days were given by  antanas mockus, jose castillo, jordi hereu, rudy ricciotti, juan villoro, juhani pallasmaa, pedro reyes, iwan baan, winka dubbeldam, antonio ortiz, bijoy jain, frederic amat and elizabeth diller.


videos of each talk can be found here »





winka dubbeldam – architect – read our interview with winka here »
photo by andres berjon





pedro reyes – architect / artist
photo by andres berjon





rudy ricciotti – architect
photo by andres berjon





iwan baan – photographer
photo by andres berjon





jose castillo – urbanist
photo by andres berjon





antanas mockus – former mayor of bogota
photo by andres berjon





bijoy jain – architect
photo by andres berjon




numerous public talks took place across the city center exploring themes of the city and architecture
photo by arquine




public discussion in downtown mexico
photo by arquine




presentation  in mexico city’s downtown
photo by arquine




mextropoli closing party
photo by arquine