Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Universidad Intercontinental. Architecture Week. 2007

Architecture Week at the Universidad Intercontinental in Mexico City. The idea of the conference was to discuss the past, present and future of Mexican Architecture. Including perhaps the most important Mexican living architects like Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, Luis Ortíz Macedo and Gabriel Esquivel as a proponent of a new digital architect based on the idea of emotions and technology. The event took place from September 3 to 7 at The Sta. Teresa de Avila Auditorium at 5 PM. Tlalpan Campus. The schedule of conferences was as follows: Monday September 3. Luis Ortiz Macedo. “History of Infrastructure in Mexico City”. Luis Ortiz Macedo was born in Mexico City He is doctor in Architecture and full time professor at the National Autonomous University in Mexico, UNAM. He studied restoration in France, Italy, Belgium and Spain. He has obtained diverse awards, degrees and distinctions in Mexico and all over the world. He has carried out important government positions in Mexico and Dr. Ortiz Macedo is a member in diverse Mexican and foreign Architecture Associations. He has also been the founder of several institutions, schools and associations in Mexico and abroad. He has more than 80 urban restoration projects, 16 urban projects and 60 architecture projects. He is the author of 33 books, more than 260 articles in magazines and newspapers, and has offered numerous conferences in Mexico and other countries. Presently he is a Member of the National System of Research; President of the Cultural Institute Domecq, A.C., Professor and Member of the Governing body of the UNAM. Tuesday September 4. Gabriel Esquivel. “Emotional Surfaces-Architecture and Film” Gabriel Esquivel was born and educated as an architect in Mexico City at The Universidad Intercontinental and received his Master’s Degree in Architecture from The Ohio State University. Gabriel Esquivel teaches design and architecture studios at the Department of Industrial, Interior and Visual Communication Design and at the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. Gabriel Esquivel is a practicing architect, currently working on several projects in the United States, Finland and Mexico. He is currently working on different collaborative projects with Kivi Sotamaa with whom he created an office called ESQUIVEL SOTAMAA DESIGN, concentrating on developing a diversity of High Design projects. These projects concentrate on the idea of using different technologies to study surfaces, pattern and form. This study led to the research on affect and techniques which gave Gabriel Esquivel and Kivi Sotamaa the idea of organizing an entire conference dealing with this particular topic called AZUL REY that was held in Mexico City with the Tecnológico de Monterrey school of Architecture in February 2007. Go to AZUL REY on this blog. Wednesday September 5. Pedro Ramírez Vázquez. “Conversations” A living legend. Pedro was born in Mexico City (1919). He is a Mexican architect known for having built some of Mexico's most significant buildings in the 1960s and 1970s. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from UNAM in 1943. He has built some of the most recognizable buildings in Mexico. He participated in the design of the National Medicine School at the National University (1953). He projected next to Rafael Mijares the Secretariat of Work and Social Security. In 1955 he constructed next to Felix Candela and Javier Echevarría a group of markets, in which he developed a typology that retook elements of the Mexican tradition. In 1960 he undertook projects like the Gallery of History at the Chapultepec Museum, in collaboration with the sculptor Jose Mulberry Chávez. For the Border Museum of Juárez City (1962), he used a circular scheme to increase circulation flow, whereas in the Museum of Modern Art (1964) the interest is centered in the handling of the external spaces as a foreplay game. In his most excellent work, the National Museum of Anthropology and History (1964), in the Chapultepec Park, he emphasized the exposition of annotated routes that power the fluidity and transparency of the spaces. He was the architect in charge of coordinating the Mexico City Olympics in 1968 and the World Cup in 1970. He designed the embassy of Japan (1975), in collaboration with Kenzo Tange and Manuel Rosea. We should not forget to mention his works for the new basilica of Guadalupe in 1976, which indicated the culmination of an architectural trajectory of great relevance in the Mexican contemporary panorama. Thursday September 5. Seminar of new Digital Technologies. Friday September 6. Presentation for the Annual Student Competition for Innovation and Technology. This yearly event has been and will continue being a tour de force within the spectrum for the development of Contemporary Mexican Architecture.