Mexico City: History of the Present

The progressive capital of Mexico has a long history of massive infrastructure projects — megaproyectos — with egalitarian aims, from the affordable Metro system to smartly designed public housing. Now an unpopular president, a myth-making architect, and a multibillionaire tycoon are building one of the world’s largest airports on a sinking lakebed in a nature preserve. Are they dreaming too big, or thinking too small?

An unpopular president, a myth-making architect, and a multibillionaire tycoon are building a giant airport in a nature preserve. Are they dreaming too big or thinking too small?

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David Heymann

David Heymann is a columnist for Places. He is an architect, and the Harwell Hamilton Harris Regents Professor in Architecture at the University of Texas, Austin.

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Belmont Freeman

Belmont Freeman is a columnist for Places. He is principal of Belmont Freeman Architects, an award-winning design firm in New York City.

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Gabrielle Esperdy

Gabrielle Esperdy is a columnist for Places. She is associate professor of architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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Despina Stratigakos

Despina Stratigakos, an associate professor at the University of Buffalo, is a columnist for Places and author of Where Are the Women Architects? and other books on architectural history.

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