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Mexican contemporary architecture: a younger generation is reinvigorating the profession and breaking out of the box

Rojkind Arquitectos | LAR - Fernando Romero | Taller 13 - Elias Cattan Patricio Guerriero | Tatiana Bilbao | Ten Arquitectos | TAX - Alberto Kalach | Taller de Arquitectura - Mauricio Rocha | Javier Sanchez | LBR & Arquitectos

A younger generation of architects is bringing a new level of inventiveness to Mexico, responding creatively to context and social needs. Frugal or refined, high or low tech, their work shares a lack of pretension, and marks a sharp break from the ponderous monumentalism of Teodoro Gonzalez de Leon, Ricardo Legorreta and other established firms. Mexico was never as authoritarian as China, where a reactionary establishment stifled creativity for decades before allowing young, independent architects to compete for the best jobs. But the new wave of talent has brought a wealth of fresh thinking to reinvigorate the profession and break through the restraints that hobbled the successors to Luis Barragán and Félix Candela. Mexico remains a deeply conservative country with a stultifying bureaucracy and glaring inequalities of wealth, but a new class of affluent urban...

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