The Architecture and Cities of Northern Mexico from Independence to Present
Edward R. Burian’s most recent book, The Architecture and Cities of Northern Mexico from Independence to Present (University of Texas Press, 2015), will appear in August. The book is the first comprehensive overview in either English or Spanish of the undervalued architecture, urban landscapes, and cities of Northern Mexico—Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Durango, Sonora, Sinaloa, and Baja California Norte and Sur—from the country’s emergence as a modern nation in 1821 to the complex reality of the present. It documents, discusses, and analyses a body of work that has been largely ignored by previous scholars. The introductory chapters explore the intertwined relationship of geography, landscape, history, emerging building types, and urban morphology. Subsequent chapters on each state systematically examine significant works of little‐known architecture in large cities as well as small towns, while the most memorable works of architecture in each city are discussed in greater detail in terms of their composition, materiality, and sensory experience. The text concludes with a brief commentary on the challenges, opportunities, and possible futures for the architectural culture of the region, as well as the first comprehensive biographical summary of the architects practicing in Northern Mexico during this era. Profusely illustrated with four maps, 34 urban core plans, and 484 black and white and 30 color photos, the book offers essential information, vivid descriptions, concise analysis, and useful lessons of those who have built well before in the region.