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“I THINK IT'S A MOMENT WHERE THERE'S A LOT OF EXCHANGE BETWEEN ARCHITECTS IN MEXICO.” Isabel Abascal


shimmering mushroom shapes of Fernando Romero, some are even becoming starchitects, attracting interest from a global audience.


Hidden opportunities In 2018, Frida Escobedo became the youngest architect and the first Mexican woman to design London’s Serpentine Pavilion. Escobedo, who founded her own firm in 2003, crafted a lattice-walled courtyard, deliberately referencing a celosia – the breeze wall common throughout Mexico. Mexican


architecture, she has said, is “more like a spirit rather than a style” fostered by a recurring urge to “create opportunities out of crises”. This sentiment is echoed by Escobedo’s former colleague, Isabel Abascal, co-founder of Mexico City- based firm LANZA Atelier. While Mexican architects may have differing philosophies, they are invariably united by a chaotic social and political context. “I think it's a moment where there's a lot of exchange between architects in Mexico, and not only in Mexico City,


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