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Join SAH for a Study Tour to Mexico City

by SAH News | Jun 29, 2012
The focus of the SAH Mexico City tour will be modern and contemporary architecture, but because some knowledge of older buildings, contemporary problems in the other arts, and the growth of the city itself is critical to understanding Mexican modern architecture, the tour will include pre-twentieth century buildings and works of art and urbanism that inform the development of Mexican architectural modernism in essential ways. View a deatiled brochure or register online for the SAH Mexico City study tour.

With Study Tour Leader Kathryn O'Rourke, we will explore modern Mexican architecture’s relationship to Mexican history, social reform, and urban context. We will visit sites that demonstrate differing approaches to housing and urban planning. We will consider whether it is possible to identify a polarity in twentieth-century Mexican modernism between buildings designed to facilitate societal transformation, and ones that appear to shun social engagement. Throughout our discussions we will analyze what makes twentieth-century Mexican architecture distinctive and how it relates to buildings and urban histories in better-known places, particularly in western Europe and the United States. This study program is designed to include very famous, "must see" sites in Mexico City as well as buildings that participants may not know and which they would be unable (or find it very difficult) to visit.