On December 10th, 2010, Adolfo Ayuso, Mexican Consul of Cultural Affairs in Dallas, Julian Lizarazu and Yesenia Blandon members of LiA were part of the jury for the final presentation of Emmanuel Ramirez' Advanced Design Graduate Studio at UTA this past Fall semester.
The project, called "Rethinking Borders" defined strategies in the territorial boundaries of the international border between Mexico and the United States, specifically addressing relevant topics such as:
- The border and the Culture and Education
- The border and the Environment
- The border and the Water
- The border and its Connectivity
During a period of seven weeks, the students developed a regional plan for a chosen site, building up their projects in different stages, testing their ideas in various scales raging from regional to local.
The quality of work, and design solutions, not only at the design architectural level, but the questions that these projects raised, in every realm of the border's social compass were truly inspiring.
More photos of the final presentation, by Navid Tehrani at LiA's facebook page:
About Emmanuel Ramirez Ruiz:
Co founder of “MMX Studio”, Architect and Urban Designer, holds a degree in architecture by the National University of Mexico (UNAM) and a master degree in Urban Design by the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. Awarded by the "FONCA" with the "Mexican Young Creators Award 2003" he has been an invited critic and lecturer at the AA and The Bartlett School of architecture in London, UTA in the United States as well as a variety of universities in Mexico.
Prior to co-founding MMX Studio He worked in various renowned international practices such as Alberto Kalach studio in Mexico City, SOM -Skidmore Owings and Merril- in London and Chicago as well as David Chipperfield Architects in London where he consolidated his design skills in different scales raging from architecture and urban design to regional and national plans.
His Practice MMX Studio, is a collective firm dedicated to research, development, and the execution ideas. The studio has a strong focus on the design process and seeks to understand the implications that architecture and urbanism have upon our societies. The studio aims to balance theory and practice, design and construction as well as architecture and urbanism.
mmx Studio: http://www.mmx.com.mx/