On this Cinco de Mayo, (which commemorates a Mexican victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862—not Mexican Independence Day, which is September 16) Curbed is taking a look at standout architecture across the country.
It's been referred to as MeMo—Mexico's moment—a sign that this kinetic, chaotic metropolis of millions is being recognized as the cultural and design capital natives have always known it to be. While the phrase is a play off a recent PR campaign that Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has used to rebrand his country, it also speaks truth to the way cutting-edge Mexican architects are becoming more in-demand at home and abroad. But the unique synthesis of Aztec and indigenous elements, modernist philosophies and daring design hasn't popped up overnight. For much of the 20th century, architectural masterworks by practitioners such as Luis Barragán, Felix Candela and Pedro Ramírez Vázquez have defined the city's landscape. Here is a cross-section of ten important buildings that help define the built environment in the city of palaces.
· Previous Mexico coverage [Curbed]