Modernity and the Architecture of Mexico

Edward R. Burian has published Modernity and the Architecture of Mexico, University of Texas Press, (1997). Since the mid 1970s, there has been a renewal of interest in early modern architecture, both as a way of gaining insight into contemporary architectural culture and as a reaction to neo-traditional postmodernism. In this context, the book undertakes a critical reappraisal of the idea of modernity in relation to Mexican architecture and a generation of Mexican architects whose works spanned from the end of the Mexican Revolution in 1918 through the 1968 Olympic Games. In addition to considering specific architect's agendas, compositional strategies, and tectonic practices; the book unravels the underlying assumptions and ideological and political constructs of the period. The text contains both broad-based critical commentaries and also discussions of individual architects and buildings including Enrique del Moral, Juan O'Gorman, Carlos Obregón Santacilia, Juan Segura, Mario Pani, as well as the campus and stadium of the Ciudad Universitaria in Mexico City. Relatively little has been published in terms of critical commentary regarding this era in Mexican architecture. In this regard, this volume reexamines an undervalued body of work as part of the larger task of documenting and reevaluating the modern movement in Latin America.