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Tearing apart shadows from light, that’s what we do.




April 23, 1989. Minatitlán, Veracruz, México. EDUCATION 2007-Present Jan-July 2010

ITESM Campus Monterrey, Monterrey, México. Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE March 2011-Present Máquina de Arquitectura COMPETITIONS 2009 2nd Place 2010 2011 Honorific Mention

1:100 Architecture Congress “Condominions Constitución” Competition Cátedra Luis Barragán Architecture Museum Competition XIII Arquine International Competition Mediapark at Ciudad Juárez

PUBLICATIONS (EXTRACURRILAR) 2010 “Puño y Letra” Literary Magazine “Buitre” (Poem). 2010-Present “Efecto Arquitectura” Magazine Essays about architecture.

LANGUAGES Spanish English Italian

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SOFTWARES Autodesk Autocad Autodesk Revit Architecture Autodesk 3d Max Rhinoceros 3d Adobe Photoshop CS3 Adobe InDesing CS3 Google SketchUp EXPOSITIONS 2009

Scale Model Exposition at Talleres de Arquitectura, ITESM, Campus, Monterrey. Church at Pampulha, Oscar Niemeyer.



Drawing exercise. Charcoal on tracing paper.

Weissenhof Apartments, Mies van der Rohe. Case Study Model.

Church at Pampulha, Oscar Niemeyer. Case Study Model.



Index Part One Part Two Emergency Module Part Three Apartments at GarcĂ­a Part Four M Parking Part Five Library at Parking Part Six M.U.R.O.(WALL) Final part

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Imagining cities when handed fallen pieces

for work we’ve been



When natural disasters strike cities, the response of the architecture must be quick. The city has to be rebuilt in a new and compact way in order to satisfy the needs of the affected inhabitants. The design exercise was to design an emergency module in an area of 9m2 per each. The proposal was based in finding how to get the maximum amount of quality in the space in such minimum terrain.


The solution for this case was to create a module that functions in a system. One single cell is arranged ina gruop of four. Together can grow unlimitedly creating corridors of housing that can be ordered in streets or blocks. All of this for creating temporary cities in which its inhabitants can have dignity in a reduced space of 5.4m2 of construction, with a remaining 3.6m2 that can be used as a tiny garden or veranda.

Type A Module

Type B Module



Type A Module. Frotal and lateral faรงades.

Type B Module. Frotal and lateral faรงades.

Module Section. (Hand-drawing) The height of the module is 3m, and can house 3 persons as a maximum with 3 beds. The furniture is designed to save space, beign movable for offering flexibility. Also the system of windows permits ventilation and ilumination and permits to the inhabitant to control the feeling of privacy inside.

Floor plan. (Hand-drawing)



Carefully placing the solid and the void where the history has been fixed



Taller Vertical 2


Central Plaza

Proposed Plaza

Masterplan Existing Buildings

Proposed Plaza

Proposed Plaza

Proposed Mixed-Use Buildings Proposed Plaza

Apartments at García

Study sketch of the context The old Downtown of the City of García, in Nuevo León, Mexico, keeps a misterious phantom town-like atmosphere. This beautiful district in which time seems to have stopped, is beign abandoned by the citizens. The people leave to live in the city limits where there is no identity of the place as in this area. In a collaborative exercise it is proposed a masterplan of urban regeneration for García Old city center, in order to rescue it for the future times to come.


The study of the context was primordial for the final masterplan and the design of the individual buildings. The new blocks had to blend with the existing surroundings but without forgetting the aesthetics of our own time. In this case, the proposal for the building had to respond to the conditios of the architecture of the site, and also satisfy a program that consisted of commerce on the ground floor and housing on the second. The final slab design was a solution for the transition of heights observed in the adjacent buildings, the building cover seems to levitate to the open skies.


Ground floor plan.

Second floor plan.


The concept of the building is that what we really needed was a structure to define the space for the program, and then all the planes of the walls will gravitate towards the slabs and beams, creating a building that can be as closed to the exterior as the old houses in the area but at the same time be light enough to levitate in space.






Frontal faรงade.


Apartments Commerce

Building Section.

The building has many entries to different important points: the back street, the lateral street proposed in order to connect the masterplan street with the existing one; all of this to induce different ways of entering and walinkg the building. Making a building that can be experienced in different ways everytime is visited.



Detail of one of García’s typical streets.

The town is full of narrow streets and alleys, making it a real urban labyrith in which is never known what kind of old church or plaza will be found. The design of the interior space replicates these characteristics of the town layout, creating many entrances to the building and inner streets that lead to a central plaza in which all the commerces converge.



Not forgetting that for conquering we walk throught what we are building


M PARKING Taller Vertical 4

Aerial view of the site: the M parking is a Transport Interchange Station on Morones Prieto Avenue, in Monterrey, N.L., MĂŠxico.


The M Parking is a Multimodal station that permits the interchange between the automobile (hence a parking) and the bus, bike and pedestrian transportation.



Conceptual diagram LIBRARY



A parking that serves as the platform for an urban program.






Interior perspective.


Study sketch.


Program Office/ kindergarden Office/ Commerce

Bike Parking Public Library

Office/ Commerce

Office/ Commerce

Art Gallery



Cross-section of the building

The building is conceived as a large pyramidal basement, that houses the car parking. On top of the pyramid it is placed the program that functions as an ideal city ruled by pedestrians and bike riders instead of cars.

Study sketch.



Study sketch of the bike parking

View of the scale model. Detail of the office/kindergarden building.

Top View of the scale model.


Building cross-section. The M Parking functions in different urban layers, in which a plaza can be found above the ground plan. Skywalks connect all of theses different levels, forming a city not just in an horizontal level but algo in vertical section.


Perspective of the Office/Kindergarden building In the Office/kindergarden building we can observe how in the first part of the building it is located the kindergarden and then on top there is a plaza that serves the two floating boxes of the office buildings. This way we get completely different programs occuring one on top the other.



We are not alone, we share space


lIBRARY AT PARKING Taller Vertical 4

View of the interior space of the Library. The Library is the entrance of the M Parking Complex in a second floor level. Because of its bridge that connects the Rapid Bus Stop proposed on the Morones Prieto Avenue, is expected to be really transited all day long. The building is conceived as a cluster in which the interior plaza is always in motion and is always in contact with the library surrounding it, provoking passing people to enter and pick up a book.


Study sketch of the library and the entry-bridge.

Scale model of the library and the entry-bridge.



Schematic Cross-sections of the building. The reading areas function as an discostinuos building with a sucesion of patios and open spaces that permit different spatial qualities for the moment of reading.


The inner patios are for the reading areas in order to get the feeling to be in an open space and at the same time, in a clusteredbuilding.

Top view of the scale model.





We invented the wall but just because we wanted to stay


W.A.L.L. M.U.R.O.

XIII Concurso Internacional Arquine Honorific Mention

In collaboration with: Karen Cornejo Jorge Quiroga Gerardo Rosenzweig Francisco Meléndez Daniel Valero

The wall made from the Desire of the city. The fear is inside of the people of Ciudad Juárez, and the act of being locked in malls, residential enclosed neighborhoods, security gates, is the natural act to Project ourselves and deny everything, all of this to survive in the middle of the battle field. You can’t take away the wall from the afraid people, it’s impossible to take them out from the trenches voluntarily. Then the wall that is what tears people apart will be the solution. The wall itself will be inhabitable , if it is filled with humanity, can generate the change. At beign formed by people resists more than if it is made of concrete. A wall that is not longer a jail, now begins to liberate, being a limit that by means of osmosis is gaining terrain little by little, this wall of regeneration is retrieving space for the inhabitant until the city will be lived again.


Ciudad JuĂĄrez, Chihuahua, MĂŠxico. Public Spaces. Because of the insecurity that is taking place in the city, people is abandoning its public spaces, creating a landscape of desolation and fear. People want protection.


Program that appears as the community desires it.

Space that is appropiated it by the people.


Step 1 Instalation of the ready-touse structure receiving the program that the community needs, the mediatec start its services.


Step 2 Once the community occupies the maximum population capacity in the module, the inhabitants can expand the borders. The occupied modules, and the mediatecs remain as landmarks in the city.

Step 3 The perimeter of the module is defined again, placing new modules in the empty spaces.

Step 4 Once the module has grown up to its maximum extension and the delimitation of the wall is no longer necessary, only remain the landmarks activating the urban space and the mediatecs serve as fountains of culture.

Expansion scheme. What is really important is what remains in the city: the urban life that has reborn.



This is not a poem, this is what we do.


Jorge Figueroa Portfolio  
Jorge Figueroa Portfolio  

Architecture Portafolio. Student in ITESM Campus Monterrey México