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In Residence: César Cervantes

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César Cervantes guides us around Casa Pedregal, a reminder of architect Luis Barragán’s utopian goal

Perched on a lava field in southern Mexico City, Casa Pedregal (formerly known as Casa Prieto López) is the largest private residence designed by Luis Barragán, the country’s most prominent architect. Built between 1947 and 1950, the home was featured in advertising campaigns for urban development El Pedregal in Mexico City, a utopian solution initiated by Barragán to alleviate housing demands in one of the fastest growing cities in the world.
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Il Capo (The Chief)

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Yuri Ancarani extracts a striking portrait of marble

“Marble quarries are places so unbelievable and striking, they almost feel like they are big theaters or sets,” says Yuri Ancarani, the filmmaker behind today’s excerpt from the documentary, Il Capo (The Chief), which follows a quarry boss as he guides his men through the extraction process, using a silent language of gesture and sign.
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In Residence: Fernando Romero

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The architect opens up his modernist Mexican villa for the first time

“To me, this house is the ultimate modernity dream come true,” says Fernando Romero of the two-story, mid-century gem he calls home. “It is extremely flexible for all types of activities: for family, for socializing, for living.” Designed in 1955 by homegrown architect Francisco Artigas, the house is located in the leafy suburbs of Mexico City, adjacent to one of largest city parks in the Western Hemisphere, Bosque de Chapultepec.
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In Residence: Carlos Herrera

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The cultivated tones and clean lines of the Mexican architect’s weekend getaway

From sprawling coastal Country Clubs and lush resorts to secluded private residences, the Mexican architect Carlos Herrera is known throughout Latin America for his sophisticated approach to contemporary luxury on every scale. His own home in Cuernavaca, some thirty minutes south of Mexico City, is no exception: the expansive, concrete concoction reveals an earthy, elemental kind of modernism with simple, heavy furnishings and endless stretches of travertine and marble.
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