The urban planning policies implemented by the post-revolutionary Mexican governments between 1920 and 1940 reflected the efforts of a new political-social pact for the growth of the national economy. Unable to sustain the infrastructure development programs of a city that quadrupled its population in a span of two decades, government urban plans fell apart under the speculation and increasing power of real estate developers, triggering a fragmentation of the city that is still reflected in our city imaginary.
"Industrial: Traces of Post-revolutionary Speculation" runs through the peripheral belt of working-class housing that appeared in the 1930s as a consequence of the settlements of industrial zones in Mexico City. Through narratives, architectural typologies, propagandistic systems, photographs, real estate and urban models, drawings and documents, the exhibition confronts questions about real estate speculation, industrial production and domesticity within the legacy of modernity that defined the first half of the century, upending the historical relationship between production and consumption, state and private development, the rural and the urban. The relevance of speculative discourse in the formation of the city and the modern social language that accompanied the industrial development, explain the image on which the traces of our city are currently drawn.
As part of the public program of the exhibition "Industrial: Traces of Post-Revolutionary Speculation" Proyector presents the cycle of #IndustrialConversations, which invites researchers, academics, chroniclers and managers specialized in the history and development of Mexico City to participate in round tables in different venues to address the theme of the city, its history, and incorporate into the conversation colonies that do not have as much exposure, to present the relationship between the formative years of the city and its current situation.
25 MAY, 2019 | 17:30hrs
LOURDES DÍAZ, ALEJANDRO HERNÁNDEZ AND SÓCRATES VERA
MODERATOR: TANIA TOVAR TORRES
SPECULATION, TRACE AND POWER
In the first table "Speculation, trace and power", hosted at the Gaona Building, participated Alejandro Hernandez, editor in chief of the International Journal of Architecture and Design Arquine; Maria de Lourdes Diaz, researcher at the School of Architecture, UNAM and Socrates Vera, chronicler of the Colonia Estrella to discuss the emergence of real estate speculation in the early twentieth century in Mexico City and how it has evolved over time. He traced relations between the planning of the city, the agents who were involved and their relationship with architecture.
25 JUNE, 2019 | 17:30hrs
ENRIQUE DE ANDA AND JUAN JOSÉ KOCHEN
MODERATOR: JUAN C ESPINOSA CUOCK
HOUSING AS AN INDUSTRY
The second table "Housing as an industry", hosted at Proyector, participated Enrique de Anda, researcher at the UNAM Postgraduate Unit and Juan José Kochen, general director of Fundación ICA to discuss the role of architecture and housing in relation to the growth of the industry in the early twentieth century and how the neighborhoods that developed under these circumstances have evolved over time. He traced the relationship between the planning of the city, the agents that were involved and their relationship with architecture.
22 JUNE, 2019 | 17:30hrs
MARÍA BUSTAMANTE, DANIEL INCLÁN AND ISAAC TORRES
MODERATOR: MARIO BALLESTEROS
THE CITY LIMITS
To close the cycle, the third table "The limits of the city”, that included Daniel Inclán, researcher at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana; Isaac Torres, founder and director of El Asunto Urbano; María Bustamante, chronicler and president of Fundarq MX and moderated by Mario Ballesteros, director of Travesías magazine, to discuss the growth of the city, the appearance of the first colonies in the early 20th century and how these lesser-known colonies have evolved over time. Making relationships between the planning of the city, the agents that were involved and their relationship with architecture.
CURATOR | Tania Tovar Torres
RESEARCH PROJECT | Juan José Kochen and Juan Carlos Espinosa Cuock
ASSOCIATE CURATOR | Pedro Ceñal Murga
CURATORIAL ASSISTANT | Juliana Mendoza Mejía
GRAPHIC DESIGN | Ximena Ríos - Zertuche
PHOTOGRAPHY | Proyector
This is a project sponsored and developed in collaboration with Fundación ICA.
We appreciate the support of all the archives and institutions that contributed to the realization of this project:
- Acervo Histórico Fondo Aerofotográfico Fundación ICA
- Hemeroteca Nacional UNAM
- Archivo Histórico de la Ciudad de México
-Museo Archivo de la Fotografia
-Archivo General de la Nación
- Archivo de Arquitectos
Mexicanos, Facultad de Arquitectura UNAM
- Archivo Casasola, Fototeca Nacional INAH
- Archivo Carlos Contreras
Esta exposición se presentó como parte de Mextrópoli Festial de arquitectura y Ciudad.
- Fundación ICA
- FUNDARQ MX
- Grupo de Vecinos de la Colonia Industrial
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