TEN Arquitectos: Enrique Norten, Bernardo Gómez-Pimienta

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In the years since its 1985 founding, the architectural firm TEN (Taller de Enrique Norten) Arquitectos has altered not only the face of Mexico City but also the international perception of Mexican architecture. This monograph features twenty-one buildings and projects. The chronological presentation offers an analysis of the development of TEN Arquitectos; it also emphasizes the partners' view of each design as both culmination and departure, every project informing those to come. Among the completed buildings, almost all in Mexico City, are two major projects for TELEVISA, the largest television network in Mexico; the spectacular National School of Theater; commercial and retail projects; and a series of remarkable private residences. Also included are the firm's first projects in the United States. Three essays provide a context for the firm's practice. Terence Riley discusses the work of Norten and Gomez-Pimienta in relation to other practitioners of their generation, concentrating on the themes of lightness, movement, and information technology. Richard Ingersoll explores the role Mexican - and architectural - tradition plays for the partners. And Michael Sorkin (who has collaborated with the architects on a project for Los Olivos Park in Mexico City) suggests ten forms of expression characteristic of TEN Arquitectos.

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Preface and Acknowledgments
Festina Lente
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\Enrique Norten studied architecture at Cornell University and Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. From 1980 to 1990 he was professor of architecture at the Universidad Iberoamericana, and he has been a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Cornell University, Columbia University, Rice, and the Southern California Institute of Architecture, as well as at universities in Mexico.

Bernardo Gómez-Pimienta studied architecture at Columbia University and Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Universidad Anahuac, and Universidad Iberoamericana.

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