The Architecture and Cities of Northern Mexico from Independence to the Present
350 Pages, 8.50 x 11.00 x 0.80 in
Sales Date: August 15, 2015
The states of Northern Mexico—Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Durango, Sonora, Sinaloa, and Baja California Norte and Sur—have architecture, urbanism, and landscape design that offer numerous lessons in how to build well, but this constructed environment is largely undervalued or unknown. To make this architecture better known to a wide professional, academic, and public audience, this book presents the first comprehensive overview in either English or Spanish of the architecture, urban landscapes, and cities of Northern Mexico from the country’s emergence as a modern nation in 1821 to the present day.
Profusely illustrated with color and black-and-white photographs, maps, and analytical drawings of urban cores of major cities, The Architecture and Cities of Northern Mexico systematically examines significant works of architecture in large cities and small towns in each state, from the earliest buildings in the urban core to the newest at the periphery. Edward R. Burian describes the most memorable works of architecture in each city in greater detail in terms of their spatial organization, materials, and sensory experience. He also includes a concise geographical and historical summary of the region that provides a useful background for the discussions of the works of architecture. Burian concludes the book with a brief commentary on lessons learned and possible futures for the architectural culture of the region, as well as the first comprehensive biographical listing of the architects practicing in Northern Mexico during the past two centuries.
"An exceptional book. . . . Edward Burian has done an incredible job of documenting, researching, and systematizing a gigantic amount of information. . . . I have no doubt that the book will become the main reference on the architecture of northern Mexico and hopefully will inspire similar surveys of other parts of Mexico and Latin America, a region very much underrepresented in general architectural scholarship."~Fernando Luiz Lara, Associate Professor of Architecture and Chair of the Brazil Center at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin; coauthor of Modern Architecture in Latin America: Art, Technology, and Uto
"This book is crucial for redressing the enormous void in documenting the architecture of northern Mexico. . . . It breaks new ground by constructing the geographical field on which subsequent scholarly work will be carried out. . . . The author’s conscientious and determined cataloguing of significant sites dating from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries is extraordinary."~Stephen Fox, Fellow of the Anchorage Foundation of Texas
"...an important survey of the Mexican architecture of the region and a good resource to understand the various historical, stylistic, and formal developments that characterize its diverse architectural production during a vast historical period."~Choice
"The book makes a valuable, and even seminal, contribution to recent scholarship interested in shaping a more balanced history of Mexican architecture."~Yale Constructs: The Yale School of Architecture Newspaper
List of Abbreviations
The Geography and Landscapes of Northern Mexico
A Historical Overview of Northern Mexico: Evolving Urban, Architectural, and Landscape Types
Baja California Norte and Sur
Conclusions: Lessons Learned and Opportunities for the Architectural Culture of the Region
Appendix: Biographies of Architects, Engineers, Designers, and Builders in Northern Mexico, 1821 to the Present
The publication of The Architecture and Cities of Northern Mexico from Independence to the Present was made possible by the support of the Roger Fullington Endowment in Architecture.