Retrofitting the (Post)Industrial Metropolis
Housing and economic growth in the Mexico City Metropolitan Area and the Bajío Region.
This publication presents a range of essays and research projects developed during Spring 2014
at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Under the guidance of professors Diane Davis and
Jose Castillo, 12 students explored housing complexities, challenges and opportunities in Mexico. The
interdisciplinary studio focused on two sites: Celaya and Tlalnepantla. Both served as a basis for
exploring and rethinking social housing production from an urban, social, economic and political
perspective. The work presented in this publication was supported by INFONAVIT, the National Workers’
Housing Authority in Mexico.