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SCI-Arc Completes First Workshop in the ABROAD Series: MXCDF.GEO

Mexico City took center stage at MXCDF.GEO, SCI-Arc’s first international workshop in the ABROAD series of itinerant educational initiatives to establish an active dialogue with talented and inquisitive students abroad.

Under the coordination of design faculty Alexis Rochas, and taught by SCI-Arc faculty as well as architects who practice locally, the ABROAD workshops aim at propagating the school’s unique design culture across borders, and establish an open forum for the advancement of architectural education.

The MXCDF.GEO workshop, presented by HP Designjet Solutions, surveyed the role of geo-sensorial instrumentation in the development of an architectural design process. Centered on Mexico City, the workshop looked at the way ubiquitous geo-tagging sensors affect our experience of geography, environment and infrastructure.

Students from Mexico City, Chihuahua, Veracruz and other locations around Mexico, came together to form a collaborative design laboratory atmosphere as they delved into the architectural challenges proposed during the 1-week workshop hosted July 5-12 at the Museo Experimental El Eco.

The event featured courses taught by several world-renowned architects based in Mexico City, including Michel Rojkind of Rojkind Arquitectos, Julio Amezcua and Francisco Pardo of At103, and Alejandro Hernandez Galvez. To celebrate the end of the week-long explorations, SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss and Graduate Programs Chair Hernan Diaz Alonso, hosted a special symposium and Q&A with participating students.

For a collection of student work from the MXCDF.GEO workshop, visit the program blog at

SCI-Arc ABROAD workshops in Colombia and Chile are forthcoming in fall 2012/spring 2013.