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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Alan Thomas

Alan Thomas is a columnist for Places. He is Editorial Director for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago Press and a photographer specializing in urban landscape.

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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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Naomi Stead

Naomi Stead is a columnist for Places. She is an architecture critic and a professor of architecture at Monash University.

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Barbara Penner

Barbara Penner is a columnist for Places. She is Senior Lecturer in Architectural History at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

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