This online exhibition features some of the works that were part of Mexico's pavilion in the 2016 Venice Biennale. Projects and experiences were selected through an open call for entries that received over 200 submissions from 26 states in the country. Exhibition materials were determined through dialogues on the social dimensions of architecture with 35 selected teams. Lessons from and questions raised by these materials are printed on the pavilion's walls:
Architecture does not solve social problems. People working together solve social problems.
Successful works of architecture do not depend upon the continuing presence of architects. Self-building manuals disseminate knowledge for the self-determination of communities.
Blueprints are the secret language of technicians. Which instruments and technologies might bring broader publics together?
Success stories are good. Systems for the multiplication of success stories are better.
The pavilion's participatory curatorial process continues unfolding through talks, round table discussions, local press releases, and workshops throughout Mexico. These actions put the spotlight on socially engaged architectures and on sites where design and construction converge with community organizing.