Shelly Kappe interviews five architects from Mexico; Enrique Del Moral, Agust?n Hern?ndez, Abraham Zabludovsky and Teodoro Gonz?lez de Le?n, and Augusto Alvarez. Additionally, she interviews Teodoro Gonz?lez de Le?n separately. The discussion with each architect is about the influence of their schooling at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Each architect acknowledges the influence of Le Corbusier. In
De Le?n’s interview he details his work with Le Corbusier.
A series of Mexican architects are interviewed individually by Shelly Kappe and discuss the development of modern architecture in Mexico. Enrique Del Moral talks about his early days as a student of Jos? Villagr?n, and how winning the lottery enabled him to travel. Abraham Zabludovsky and Teodoro Gonz?lez de Le?n talk about their partnership which is more like a history of collaboration than a traditional office. Charles Eames speaks at LACMA in 1976 about various topics important to his practice, beginning with education and ways of learning. A 1973 WNET documentary “An Eames Celebration“ features an interview with Charles and Ray and focuses on their house for the Case Study House program five years after its completion.
Shelly Kappe separately interviews Mexican Architects; Enrique Del Moral and Agust?n Hern?ndez. Del Moral talks about his early architectural work in Mexico City. He says people did not initially make the connection between art and architecture. He explains that Le Corbusier was a direct influence for modern architects in Mexico, but that Walter Gropius was an even greater influence for him. Del Moral credits the Bauhaus for new thinking and new developments in construction. Agust?n Hern?ndez talks about his architectural career in Mexico, where he attended the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and where he now teaches. When asked whose work he admired growing up, he states Le Corbusier, Oscar Niemeyer, and Frank Lloyd Wright as influences. Hern?ndez states, “I don’t believe in theories. I believe in practice.” He explains “there are two types of spaces in architecture in Mexico…pre-Hispanic – cosmic space – religion of the sky…and after the conquest, the religion in the room…” Hern?ndez’s preference is pre-Hispanic and its geometric forms. He sees “architecture as a living sculpture.”