2016-2017 Donghia Master Class

ATIANA BILBAO, the 2016-2017 Donghia Designer-in-Residence, is leading nine Architecture/Landscape/Interiors juniors and seniors in a one-week project, “Xochimilco.”





Tatiana first presented the history and growth of Mexico City to the students, including a written statement, an excerpt of which is shown below.

“Xochimilco is the last visual remnant of la Ciudad Lacustre, the lake city. Mexico City was established in 1325 as Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec Empire. Where the once vast Lake Tecoco lay, over time the Aztecs were able to reclaim the lake and expand the city surface through chinampas, artificial islands built atop the shallow waters. As more and more of Lake Texcoco disappeared, the landscape of the city evolved from a city which grew atop a lake to a continually decreasing lake that existed along the city’s periphery. Xochimilco is the last area were aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems meet…This is what also piqued the interest of Felix Candela who in 1958 was asked to build what would become one of his most famous works (Los Manantiales) beside the idyllic waterways of Xochimilco…”

Tatiana has asked students “…to give Xochimilco the urban direction it sorely lacks in the form of a master plan. You are to use Los Manantiales as an incubator for responsible urban regeneration, which can maintain the area’s historic legacy as a place of farming and recreation while adapting it to develop a symbiotic relationship with the encroaching urban tissue, through the captivating visual means of a large format collage.”

Donghia students (Billal Ashai, Erim Ayhan, Michael Chen, Juan Febres-Cordero, Josselin Garcia, Ibrahim Ghulam, Pinky Lam, Sally Park, and Wei Qiu) began working with Tatiana on Thursday, March 16 and will present their collages to a jury on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

March 16, 2017
top left and right: Tatiana Bilbao presenting the history and physical growth of Mexico City to Donghia students

March 17-18, 2017
middle left: Tatiana Bilbao working with junior Pinky Lam
middle right: Pinky’s initial sketches
bottom left: junior Juan Febres-Cordero sketching his ideas
bottom right: Tatiana Bilbao working with senior Erim Ayhan

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