This month, Domus México hits the stands, aiming to present the productive effervescence in architecture, design, and art culture now witnessed in Mexico, alongside international content that resonates with the current state of creative practices in the country.
For its inaugural issue, Domus México presents a reflection on the country's cultural infrastructure and public space, partly focused on Culiacán, a city on the northern Pacific coast of Mexico, which has struggled with drug-related violence and the proliferation of narcoculture.
The magazine includes contributions from promising new offices and innovative practices, filling its pages with optimism and vigor.
As part of the activities surrounding the publication of the magazine's first issue, Domus México was invited to participate in the summer pavilion — designed by architect Luis Aldrete — at the Museo Experimental El Eco, in collaboration with DF-based Tomo. Along with local initatives Alumnos 47, LIGA, and New York–based Bidoun magazine, Domus México activated the pavilion for one day.
At the event, content from the magazine was expanded to take over the museum space, and a small research garden was created in the pavilion, with the help of the Jardín Botánico Culiacán, a local botanical garden that hosts an impressive plant and contemporary art collection, and is one of the featured projects in the issue. The Jardín Botánico also brought artist Pedro Reyes' Palas por Pistolas (shovels for guns) project.
The event featured a projection of Natalia Almada's award-winning film El Velador which documents life in the infamous Jardines del Humaya narco-graveyard in Culiacán; the presentation of Alberto Bustamante/Mexican Jihad's first domusMXtape, inspired in the breezy and dark contemporary reality of the city; and a poster mural with the cover art and inserts by Mexican artist José León Cerrillo.
Soon, Domus México will launch its web project, along with a series of public initiatives throughout Mexico. Follow @domuswebmx on Twitter, and expect to hear more from the Domus México team.