Oct

12

Centering Community: PILARES

Rozana Montiel Estudio de Arquitectura, Cristóbal Pliego, Adriana Rodríguez, Margherita Vegro | PILARES Presidentes de México, Mexico City, Mexico, 2022. Image credit: Sandra Pereznieto

Date

Wed

,

Oct 12

Time

6:00 pm

-

8:00 pm

How

Virtual

Type

Talk

Location

Partner(s)

The Architectural League of New York

The fall 2022 Current Work series examines new models for meeting essential community needs while creating environmentally responsible and architecturally significant structures.

Mexico City’s PILARES (Puntos de Innovación, Libertad, Arte, Educación y Saberes, or Points of Innovation, Freedom, Art, Education, and Knowledge) projects are a series of over 250 (built and in-progress) public community centers. Located predominantly in low-income neighborhoods, these centers provide spaces for a wide range of free programs, including arts, sports, education, and professional development.

In 2020, the mayor’s office commissioned 25 notable design firms and partnerships to create architecturally ambitious PILARES centers. This Current Work program will feature presentations covering nine of these projects.

The presentations will be introduced by Carlos Zedillo Velasco. Zedillo Velasco, whose career has been dedicated to promoting collaborative design processes, served as the architectural coordinator of the PILARES initiative, working as a consultant to the Mexico City government. He previously directed the Research Center for Sustainable Development at Mexico’s National Housing Fund for Workers (often referred to by its acronym in Spanish, INFONAVIT). With his brother Rodrigo Zedillo Velasco, he founded Pienza Sostenible, a nonprofit organization that explores contemporary Mexican conditions in relation to the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Zedillo Velasco holds an MArch and a bachelor’s degree in art and architecture, both from the Yale School of Architecture. He currently practices architecture and planning in Mexico City.

The presentations will be followed by a conversation and Q&A with Mexico City-born journalist and researcher Suleman Anaya. Anaya’s work—often dealing with historic and contemporary Mexican architecture and design—has appeared in T, Aperture, The Architectural Review, PIN-UP, Vanity Fair, and Apartamento. Anaya currently splits his time between Queens, New York, and Coyoacán, Mexico.

Date

Wed

,

Oct 12

Time

6:00 pm

-

8:00 pm

How

Virtual

Type

Talk

Location

Partner(s)

The Architectural League of New York

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