Summer at 107 degrees Fahrenheit in Paris. Torrential rains flood some subway stations in New York. In June, a storm leaves ice that exceeds the meter in certain areas of Guadalajara. Perhaps for the inhabitant of the big cities, the daily problems today are more the costs of the rents, the risks to their security, traffic or, in some cases, the refugee crisis. But none of that will be less with the climate crisis that is coming or is already here. The growth of cities seems unstoppable while 8% of carbon emissions in the world are produced only by construction with reinforced concrete. A few years ago, in MEXTRÓPOLI, we asked about the possibilities of the future as a capacity for political imagination, today it seems that the question is reduced to the possibility of any future. It seems alarmist. Maybe it is. But we must not forget that behind the “I want you to panic” mentality, there is still a call of hope: I want you to act.
The International Architecture Competition Arquine calls to design and build a pavilion that temporarily inserts in the city, able to generate from its own discourse a sustainable approach, which contemplates an open public program, and build a place for interaction between architecture and citizenship. Participants must design a structure that complies with the requirements that specify the rules of this competition in terms of time, cost and characteristics. The MEXTRÓPOLI Pavilion will become the benchmark per se of each edition of the Festival of Architecture and City.
This Contest with jury intervention is open and anonymous, in one phase and will follow the provisions of the administrative and technical rules. From the moment of registration, contestants agree to accept in its entirety and without appeal the regulations, techniques, and procedures established in the administrative and the technical rules.
The Arquine Competition No.22, MEXTRÓPOLI 2020 Pavilion is organized by Arquine, who will be responsible for organizing the development of the contest, the administrative and technical information, will give answers to the participant’s FAQs, keeping the minutes of the plenary meeting as well as all actions for the proper conduct of this contest.
All correspondence relating to this contest should be sent to the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Convene, a universal basis, to submit ideas for the development and construction of a social pavilion, recyclable and reusable, which constitutes an element that announces and report the current state of architecture, complying with the requirements established in these rules.
• Build the Pavilion as part of the International Festival of Architecture and City
MEXTRÓPOLI, with the aim of becoming the benchmark, in each edition able to contribute to the festival themes for reflection and discussion on the architecture and the city.