MexicoMexico City holds the current title of World Design Capital, granted by the World Design Organization for its role as a model city for tackling urbanization challenges and improving livability. Innovation, creativity, and passion drive designers to blend old and new in this global city.
Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Image courtesy of iStock.Mexico is also home to 35 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, meeting the organization’s criteria “to represent a masterpiece of human creative genius,” and leading the Americas as the country ranking highest on the list. Ancient architectural wonders are only one aspect of Mexico’s design prowess. Modern, futuristic, and sustainable structures pervade the country. From unique contemporary museums to revitalized public spaces to temporary structures with lasting impacts, Mexican architects infuse their passion and talents into countless awe-inspiring projects.
ColombiaColombia is also rife with charming structures from the past. But modern-day architects are revamping its cities one project at a time, complementing the old with the new to ensure a safe, clean, livable future. Take Medellín for example. As one New York Times article describes, “For some time now, if you asked architects and urban planners for proof of the power of public architecture and public space to remake the fortunes of a city, they’d point here.” The city’s leaders incorporate architecture into their plans for community development and education, linking improvement efforts to “glamorous infrastructure.” Bogotá, the country’s capital, is also home to several architecture and urban design projects aimed at boosting quality of life. Successful improvement projects — like the TransMiCable public transit system — continue to inspire innovative entrepreneurs to revolutionize their city through creativity. One firm even developed a line of toys modeled after their design of the popular Bosque de la Esperanza community sports center.
Plaza Bolivar, the historic heart of Bogotá. Image courtesy of iStock.
ArgentinaArgentina’s capital city, Buenos Aires, was recently chosen by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) to host Expo 2023 — as the first Latin American city to host a BIE convention. With a theme of “creative industries in digital convergence,” the Expo will last three months and attract millions of tourists, so the location is not chosen lightly. Like Mexico and Colombia, Argentina’s aesthetic marries ancient and modern architecture to create a charming and livable space. Buenos Aires ranks 91st in the world for quality of life, making it the second Latin American city on the list. You could fill an entire vacation with architectural sight-seeing around Buenos Aires without running out of destinations.
Palace of the Argentine National Congress, a tourist stop in Buenos Aires. Image courtesy of iStock.The trend of “architectural recycling” thrives in Buenos Aires, with designers giving new life to old buildings. Centro Cultural Kirchner, Latin America’s largest cultural center, was once a post office, while performance art venue Usina del Arte used to be a power plant. We’re honored to work with Aufiero Informática to spread Vectorworks across these architecturally diverse, impressively innovative, and uniquely beautiful countries.