f e a t u r e d p r o j e c t s: a r q u i t e c t u r a l i b r e
There have been more Mexicans returning from the US than leaving for the US. (Mexican National Service of Demographic Dynamics ENADID).
In the US the construction industry has lost over 570,000 Mexican workers since 2007 (reported by John Burns Real Estate Consulting)
Remittances to Mexico jumped higher than it has been for ten years. (Reuters)
When you drive through the Mexican countryside in any of its 32 states you will notice, peppered throughout its spectacular landscapes, an array of eclectic looking constructions. The three above-mentioned trends have contributed to this style of architecture. Along with a cultural tendency to creatively work within ones means and a long tradition of construction ability including the skillful use of cement, Mexicans have been returning home with life-savings to build their dream house.
These houses are an open expression of a struggle and its reward. Of a dream or fantasy realized. They are not restricted by architectural trends and are only limited by the imagination of the builder. They incorporate any and all different styles of architecture, for example one is likely to find a faux French castle with Neoclassical Columns and Byzantine Turrets.
Arquitectura Libre has catalogued some of these structures but also aims to investigate the ideas and stories behind them and how these reflect on contemporary Mexican society.