Diondra Ascenuik, Joshua Subang, Zengcong Lai, Andres Menses, Alion Zhapa, Alexia Mereuta
Mextropoli 2022 Pavilion: ENTWINE

“Tianguis”: Open-air markets that date to pre-Columbian times. These markets were allocated on public plazas where people could purchase a variety of food and other products. The markets of Mexico City have become a visual representation of the community’s resistance to the privatization and gentrification of public space, in particular the pushing out of local food vendors. A discussion that extends beyond Mexico City an into architecture as a whole, who are spaces designed for?

Like the traditional act of weaving, these distinctive market tarps manage to entwine the diverse stories that make up the city and culture. The pavilion makes use of a series of movable frames that vertically represent the weaving and tarps that make up the tactile and visual experiences of these markets. the movable panels can be configured to support the diverse activities of the market beyond selling. The vertical nature of a once overheard experience of these colourful tarps provides a novel sensory experience of interacting with the textures, colours and people that make up the city. The pivoting panels parallel Mexico City’s cultural diversity by showing the endless possibilities of configurations. In the “Entwine”, we invite anyone, of all backgrounds, to come together and rejoice int he endless paths it could take you.

Toronto Metropolitan Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.