The Hábitat Learning Community in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, México

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Lara Hermanos’ Habitat Learning Community is a school located in Santa Anita, Jalisco, Mexico that is focused on childhood education and development, operating with a new educational concept in Mexico inspired by Italian philosopher Reggio Emilia.  The building is a complex environment comprised of contrasts with multiple factors, plus it could aims to be a polysensory and self-learning space. Based on that, the Habitat Learning Community doesn’t resemble the traditional school building, but is instead a diverse, stimulating and welcoming environment.  The school’s program emphatically involves the development of each child with the relationship of the context. The building space is transformable and ductile, allowing different methods to experience and use it during certain parts of the day or any other time period.  This helps the child, who becomes the main factor, take part in a personalized, comfortable and safe space to help them in their self-learning. Continue reading “The Hábitat Learning Community in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, México”

A Colonial House Recovery on 64th Street; I Smell a Holiday Movie Franchise…

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Riddle me this, Batman (assuming that you’re Batman, of course): what happens if the building — in this case in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico — you’re converting into a bar is cataloged as a Historic Monument by the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico, which doesn’t allow ANY modification of the property? Well, you’re limited to only being able to recover the existing architectural elements (in this case, iron and wood) and design the project with complete and absolute fidelity to the original building. Re-purposing and rehabilitating a historic structure can be complicated enough, but the Nauzet Rodríguez team pulled it off real well. Continue reading “A Colonial House Recovery on 64th Street; I Smell a Holiday Movie Franchise…”

Los Gringos Locos, the BEST Heel Faction in Mexican Wrestling History!

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Ten years ago, the great Eddie Guerrero was taken away from us far too soon. Rather than writing up a memorial post, I wanted to focus on a particular party of his career that’s rarely discussed. That said, let’s go back to 1993 (where Eddie’s career really started taking off), when he turned on his tag partner El Hijo del Santo (the son of the legendary Mexican folk hero, El Santo) and allied with Art Barr, Konnan and Louie Spicolli (under the name, Madonna’s Boyfriend) to form a full-on heel stable, Los Gringos Locos.
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The Mexican Government Signed a Historic Healthcare Deal for Pro Wrestlers

President of Mexico City Wrestling El Fantasma and Mexican Health Secretary Dr. Armando Ahued Ortega have signed a historic agreement that could change the entire professional wrestling industry in Mexico. Now, all pro wrestlers (and their families) in Mexico will now be covered by a medical social insurance program. Continue reading “The Mexican Government Signed a Historic Healthcare Deal for Pro Wrestlers”

Bosques Flats Is A Tiny, Tiny Apartment Project

This is the Bosques Flats by HGR Arquitectos (with lead architect Marcos Hagerman), and it is a six-unit housing project completed last year in Materiales de Guerra # 9, Bosques de las Lomas, Mexico City. The building has three floors for housing, one basement for parking, and is located on an almost 2152-square-foot rectangular site containing only a street front of 32 feet and 65 feet deep. The site is also on a big slope, so the designers used the low point for an entrance for parking with the high point reserved for pedestrian access, allowing them to give the façade a nice contrast on either side. Continue reading “Bosques Flats Is A Tiny, Tiny Apartment Project”

Wine-Boat AmazonDash De-Zelda WXO – WIRed #96

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It’s time for Episode 96 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses a Mexican winery made of boats and glass, the new Amazon Dash, the Atari 2600-esque demake of The Legend of Zelda and whether or not anyone remembers the WXO! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Wine-Boat AmazonDash De-Zelda WXO – WIRed #96”

This Winery In Mexico Is Made Of Recycled Boats & Eyeglass Lenses

Inspiration for any artist endeavor, or ANY endeavor for that matter, can come from the strangest and unlikeliest of places.  This is not lost on architects Alejandro D’Acosta and Claudia Turren, the Ensenada, Mexico-based team behind the Vena Cava winery in Baja’s Guadalupe Valley, often called the “Napa of Mexico”.  Why you ask; well, this winery is made almost entirely of old, recycled boats. This isn’t too much of a surprise from the same design team that most often find inspiration for they projects from random items in dumpsters, local factories, demolition sites and junkyards (much of it coming from the United States). Continue reading “This Winery In Mexico Is Made Of Recycled Boats & Eyeglass Lenses”

Key-Facades/3D Babies/Walking Dead-Ethics/Smoky Mountain – WIRed #84

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It’s time for Episode 84 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses what that keyboard-looking facade is on that apartment building, how $600 can get you a 3D printed fetus replica, teaching the ethics of The Walking Dead to high schoolers, and LONG LIVE SMOKY MOUNTAIN WRESTLING! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Key-Facades/3D Babies/Walking Dead-Ethics/Smoky Mountain – WIRed #84”

Via Cordillera, with a Keyboard Key-like Facade…

…and just wish I could type on it ALL DAYYYY LOOONNNNGGGG!!!

The Via Cordillera project is located in a metropolitan area of Monterrey, Mexico, and consists of two 8-story blocks.  The area includes a neighborhood commercial area along the ground floor and mezzanine which are connected to a pedestrian walkways.  The main intent of the project is to trigger the growth of that same western part of the Monterrey metropolitan area. Each of the blocks has five housing levels with 28 apartments — ranging from 970 square feet to 2300 square feet — and four penthouses — measuring at 150 1615 square feet each. The complex also has a roof garden along the top level with amenities. The plot where this project was developed takes advantage of the local and immediate panoramic views. The Via Cordillera maintains and exploits the same panoramic views for the benefit of the interior of the apartments. Along the four facades of the two blocks, the strong natural sunlight to the South and West were taken into account int e design process in order to create a play with both volumes and projecting shadows. Continue reading “Via Cordillera, with a Keyboard Key-like Facade…”