The Making of Mexican Modernist Architecture (Paperback)
This book presents the making of Mexican Modernist architecture through five power structures - academic, social status, economic/political, gender, and postcolonial - and by interviews and analysis of 13 key Mexican architects. These include Luis Barrag n, Jos Villagr n Garc a, Juan O'Gorman, Pedro Ram rez V zquez, Agust n Hern ndez, Abraham Zabludovsky, Carlos Mijares, Ricardo Legorreta, Juan Jos D az Infante, Enrique Norten, Alberto Kalach, Javier Sordo Madaleno and Clara de Buen.
Although the five power structures framed what was built, the testimony of these Mexican architects helps us to recognize and discover subtleties and nuances. Their views thereby shed light on what contributed to making Mexican Modernist architecture so distinctive globally. Even if these architects were not always aware of the power structures, their projects nonetheless supported discrimination, marginalization and subjugation. In that sense the book also reveals the extent to which these power structures are still present today.
The Making of Mexican Modernist Architecture's uniqueness lies in uncovering the remarkable buildings that arose amid the five power structures while at the same time questioning their validity. It also voices the urgent need today for a new kind of architecture outside these boundaries. The book is essential reading for anyone studying Mexican and Latin American architecture.