2016/07/05

Open at Noon in the collection UFCA colectivo fotografico, Cadiz, Spain

The Mexican Pavilion in the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale

2016/07/05

The Mexican Pavilion in the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale reflects on the contributions architects might make to self-building processes, and the lessons they might learn from communities that build together, without the participation of professionals. One of the featured works is Unidad El Molino-Cananea, in Iztapalapa, Mexico City, built in the nineteen-eighties by a neighbors’ union with the assistance of CENVI and architect Alejandro Suárez Pareyón. In this housing project, residents collaborated in construction of incremental houses that share walls and floor slabs with those around them. Ceilings are made with brick and cement prefabs manufactured onsite with the help of a DIY manual. The pavilion features a large-scale photograph by Mark Alor Powell of a resident of El Molino-Cananea inside the house he built for his family. Underneath the photograph is a drawing of a cluster of houses in the project. The show also includes a screen with a photo essay by Powell and archival photographs of the complex under construction.