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Design Week Mexico kicks off in a recovering Mexico City

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Design Week Mexico kicks off in a recovering Mexico City. Pictured here: The Visión & Tradición event at Design Week Mexico will bring Swiss and Mexican designers together to explore the contemporary and traditional design traditions of Guest State Puebla. (Courtesy Design Week Mexico)
Design Week Mexico kicks off in a recovering Mexico City. Pictured here: The Visión & Tradición event at Design Week Mexico will bring Swiss and Mexican designers together to explore the contemporary and traditional design traditions of Guest State Puebla. (Courtesy Design Week Mexico)

This week, the 9th iteration of Design Week Mexico (DWM) will kick off in Mexico City. As Mexico’s premier design and architecture event, the city will be filled with installations, gallery openings, lectures, and exhibition openings. This year’s festival will focus on the work of contemporary designers from all over Mexico, along with work from the Guest Country of Switzerland and the Guest State of Puebla.

Originally scheduled for the first week of October, the festival was delayed by one week due to a devastating earthquake. On September 19 a 7.1-magnitude earthquake shook central Mexico. Its epicenter was just 34 miles southwest of the city of Puebla, in Design Week Mexico’s guest state of Puebla. The earthquake caused widespread damage throughout the Puebla and Mexico City region, and ultimately killed 370 people. Striking just a week after another deadly earthquake struck southern Mexico, include DWM’s 2015 Guest State Chiapas, the focus of all of Mexico for the past month has been squarely on recovery.

(Courtesy Design Week Mexico)

Design Week Mexico’s Design House will show of the work of numerous Mexican Designers together in a neocolonia home in the Polanco District. (Courtesy Design Week Mexico)

While the recovery and mourning continues, Mexico City is ready to welcome international guest for Design Week. Taking place throughout the city, the festival will fill multiple art and design institutions, including the Museo de Arte Moderno and the gardens of Museo Tamayo. The Museo de Arte Moderno will play host to 100 Years of Swiss Design, a show first shown in 2014 at the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich. The DWM version of the show will expand to include the shared histories of Mexico and Switzerland, and will also mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the countries.

The Museo Tamayo will be the city of the Tamayo Project, a major architectural pavilion akin to London’s Serpentine Pavilion. This year’s project was designed by Mexico City-based Materia. Opening during Design Week, the pavilion will be open in the museum’s gardens, Bosque de Chapultepec, through the spring of 2018.

(Courtesy Design Week Mexico)

The 2013 architectural installation at the Museo Tamayo was designed by Tatiana Bilbao. (MDW)

Design Week Mexico will also be running concurrently with Expo Design Week, the city’s major commercial fair. The two events have collaborated with a number of design institutions and corporations to put together a series of talks about the industry in Mexico. Expo Design Week itself will bring upwards of 140 Mexican and international designers together.

This year’s event also marks the designation of Mexico City as the 2018 World Design Capital. The biennial honor, issued by the World Design Organization, recognizes cities that use design for economic, social, cultural, and environmental development. Currently Taipei, Taiwan, holds the title. Mexico City is the first city in the Americas to named World Design Capital.

Design Week Mexico will run from October 11 through October 15, throughout Mexico City. The Architect’s Newspaper will be in Mexico City the whole week covering the events.

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