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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Event—Mexican Cities Initiative: 2016 Fellowship Presentation


2016 Summer Research Fellowship Program Presentation Date: Monday, January 30th from 6 PM—9 PM. Reception to follow presentations Place: Room 112 in Gund Hall, Harvard Graduate School of Design The Mexican Cities Initiative Summer Research Fellowship has been established to fund innovative research on Mexico’s cities, open to all current GSD students and their collaborators. We solicit projects that offer new ways of envisioning Mexican cities and the role of humanist, design-based research in urban transformation, to research and communicate risk and resilience through the lens of everyday urbanism. The 2016 Summer Research Fellows will present their findings from the field […]

The Town Underneath the City: La Chinesca


In the historic core of Mexicali, and predominantly in the Chinese neighborhood of La Chinesca, there is a vast network of interconnected basements whose form and spatial characteristics have not been well documented. By: Jessica Sevilla It was only a couple of years ago that the general public had access for the first time to some of these underground spaces, which until then remained an urban legend. They date back to the first decades of the 20th century when the majority of Mexicali’s population was of Chinese descent— a statistic that remained true until the end of the 1920’s. The […]