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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Sandy Isenstadt

Sandy Isenstadt is a columnist for Places. He is a professor and Director of the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware, specializing in the history of modern architecture.

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Shannon Mattern

Shannon Mattern is a columnist for Places. She is Associate Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York.

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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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