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Erika Loana and Gabriela Sisniega

erika loana rivera plascencia

https://www.instagram.com/atlas_materia_prima/

Tamaulipas 127 int. 6, Mexico City, Mexico
Multi-disciplinary architects, their explorations begin from the ideas of emptiness, ruin and abandoned places and how to redefine them in order to transform the city and rethink its social culture, public space, and heritage. They started to collaborate as part of Somosmexas Collective in 2012 in projects like “Cartography Delirium” with Martí Peran or “Invisible Borders” with Archis/Volume, and participated with different organizations like the “American Riad” project in Detroit among others.

RAW MATERIAL


The aesthetic of exploitation

RAW MATERIAL


The aesthetic of exploitation
A collaborative collection of materials used in the construction industry in Mexico and their environmental impact.
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Type of project
  • Systemic changes

The voracious power of the construction industry and development models can be compared with the one that contains the formation and erosion of a mountain, architects hold a unique opportunity on rethinking this destructive dynamic through better construction methods and natural resource management, learning from the ruins, and vernacular techniques and materials.

RAW MATERIAL project looks into the impact of material extractivism and architecture making on the natural landscape and the territory, It calls for accountability of both practices on spatial and environmental justice.

This project is an atlas of the materials used in the Mexican construction industry, including its geographic localization, and the environmental transformations caused by their extraction and building procedures. Aiming to better understand the impact of architecture on earth and to explore methodologies that can help set the needed boundaries on three dimensions: spatial, cultural and political.


Earth Passage, photo by Onnis Luque, 2015.

Map of Volcano Xaltepec, south of Mexico City.

Volcano Xaltepec, photo by Santiago Arau.

Map of Volcano Xaltepec, south of Mexico City.

Earth Passage, photo by Onnis Luque, 2015.

RAW MATERIAL


The aesthetic of exploitation

RAW MATERIAL


The aesthetic of exploitation
A collaborative collection of materials used in the construction industry in Mexico and their environmental impact.
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

The voracious power of the construction industry and development models can be compared with the one that contains the formation and erosion of a mountain, architects hold a unique opportunity on rethinking this destructive dynamic through better construction methods and natural resource management, learning from the ruins, and vernacular techniques and materials.

RAW MATERIAL project looks into the impact of material extractivism and architecture making on the natural landscape and the territory, It calls for accountability of both practices on spatial and environmental justice.

This project is an atlas of the materials used in the Mexican construction industry, including its geographic localization, and the environmental transformations caused by their extraction and building procedures. Aiming to better understand the impact of architecture on earth and to explore methodologies that can help set the needed boundaries on three dimensions: spatial, cultural and political.


Earth Passage, photo by Onnis Luque, 2015.

Map of Volcano Xaltepec, south of Mexico City.

Volcano Xaltepec, photo by Santiago Arau.

Map of Volcano Xaltepec, south of Mexico City.

Earth Passage, photo by Onnis Luque, 2015.


Idea by

Erika Loana and Gabriela Sisniega
erika loana rivera plascencia
Tamaulipas 127 int. 6
Mexico City
Mexico
Multi-disciplinary architects, their explorations begin from the ideas of emptiness, ruin and abandoned places and how to redefine them in order to transform the city and rethink its social culture, public space, and heritage. They started to collaborate as part of Somosmexas Collective in 2012 in projects like “Cartography Delirium” with Martí Peran or “Invisible Borders” with Archis/Volume, and participated with different organizations like the “American Riad” project in Detroit among others.