Eric Owen Moss introduces Enrique Norten. Moss suggests that there are four personalities to Enrique Norten while referencing Cuauht?moc, Mexican painters David Alfaro Siqueiros and Frida Kahlo, and Mexican architect Luis Barrag?n. Norten discusses the contemporary cultural complexity within Mexico City. He reflects on contradictions between the vocabulary of a universal architectural discourse while also understanding and recognizing the specific particularities of his work. He emphasizes his strong belief in tectonics and architecture’s existence at the moment of construction and shows a combination of smaller and larger scale projects.
Video Archive | Enrique Norten (2)
Enrique Norten describes buildings that he has designed in or around Mexico City, including houses, auto dealerships, low-cost housing, and cultural centers. Norten declares his belief in a modernism that is rooted in humanism and not dogma. He argues that a lot of 20th century cities are unencumbered by history or nostalgia and hence modernist by nature. Norten states that architecture cannot be experienced without movement, so it makes sense for the built objects to participate in the sense of movement and be dynamic.