Modern house in Mexico with flat roof, colored in white and a small yellow part. A person is walking on the street in front of it.

Elemental: Las Anacuas; Photo: Ramiro Ramirez

Houses for Everyone. Housing Construction in Mexico

ifa Gallery Stuttgart | 12.04.2019  23.06.2019

Exhibition | How should we live? This question is important to us all. Should we rent or live in our own home, should we live in the countryside or the city, in a community or alone? Where and how we want or are able to live shapes the ways we relate to each other.

For many years the housing market was stable, but now affordable housing has become hard to come by for a large number of people. Bauhaus architects and designers once reacted to the gentrification and lack of housing which evolved in the course of industrialisation in the nineteenth century. Today those problems became topical issues again. This makes a debate on how we want to live in the future as relevant as it ever was. The need for good quality, affordable, environmentally sound and community-based housing is a global phenomenon that we see everywhere in growing cities and regions. The exhibition Houses for Everyone takes a look at Mexico. What kinds of solutions are architects developing for the single family dwelling, which is the predominant form of housing in Mexico, as in Germany? The exhibition presents a number of typical projects from the past ten years. These range from dwellings in rural areas, where planners draw on local traditions and regional techniques, to buildings where living spaces are created step-by-step and through collaborative work.

The selected projects present alternatives to large settlements where identical designs are reproduced ad infinitum, to prefabricated houses of dubious quality, and to unsustainable forms of building. These projects use designs with traditional materials like bamboo and techniques such as owner-building. They show that building a house also means creating a community.

Participating architecture firms, initiatives and artists:
Apaloosa Estudio de Arquitectura y Disegño, Fernanda Canales, CEMEX, Comunal: Taller de Arquitectura + Onnis Luque, Elemental, JSa Arquitectura, Productora, S-AR, Jorge Tabaoda, T.A.X./Alberto Kalach


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ifa Gallery Stuttgart
Charlottenplatz 17
D-70173 Stuttgart

Tuesday – Sunday 12:00 – 18:00
Closed on Mondays and on holidays


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