05 May 2009

Cinco de Mayo

What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than by looking at some good Mexican work. While you could go back and look at the classic works like Plaza Hidalgo (a PPS Great Space) or works by modernist designers like Luis Barragan, you should really take some time to look forward. Mexico is becoming a hot design spot.

One of the more visible firms working in Mexico these days is Grupo de Diseño Urbano and their principal, Mario Schjetnan, FASLA. GDU got a lot of attention (including an ASLA award) for their large Tezozomoc Park. It is hard to ignore their work on the Fountain Promenade at Chapultepec Park which is described as one of the largest city parks in the world.

And I have always thought that Daniel Winterbottom's Design/Build class in Mexico sounded like one of the ultimate field-based learning experiences. and, once this whole flu thing blows over, it could be a great time to visit.


The beautiful photo of World Heritage Site, Chichen Itza, is by Bjørn Christian Tørrissen from the WikiCommons.

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