Interlude 18

September 9, 2015

Last wednesday september the 9th, the mexican group Teatro Ojo presented Suspension of Activities, a space character narrative which dislocated temporality to make way to the past. Having history as it scope, Héctor Bourges and Teatro Ojo group, took us through time to key moments in the history of Mexico City through a 360-degree panoramic tour supported by images, pictures, audio and video. In the same context, they shared with us part of his renowned career.


Interlude 18| Teatro Ojo| Suspensión de ActividadesFotografía: LIGA.


Interlude 18| Teatro Ojo| Suspensión de ActividadesFotografía: LIGA.


Interlude 18| Teatro Ojo| Suspensión de ActividadesFotografía: LIGA.


Interlude 18| Teatro Ojo| Suspensión de ActividadesFotografía: LIGA.

Opening LIGA 19

August 20, 2015


LIGA 19 | LLONAZAMORA | GrammarPhoto: LIGA.


LIGA 19 | LLONAZAMORA | GrammarPhoto: LIGA.

Last thursday august 2oth, LIGA opened its nineteenth exhibition: Grammar, curated by the architecture firm LLONAZAMORA, founded by the peruan architect Michelle Llona R. and the chilean architect Rafael Zamora P. The exhibition  is a a game of architectural writing; the pieces are abstractions from architectural elements of the Republican and Colonial periods in Lima. The goal is to move from a domestic room to a large-scale building, using the elements with skill and without prejudice, placing them in such a way that they produce new relations and spatial situations.

Conference LIGA 19

August 19, 2015


Conference LIGA 19| Michelle Llona and Rafael Zamora,  Llonazamora architecture studio at the house of Max Cetto in the Pedregal de San Ángel .Photo: LIGA


Last Wednesday, August 19, the lecture for LIGA 19 was held at the house of Max Cetto in the Pedregal de San Ángel in the south of Mexico City. In the conference, the Peruvian studio Llonazamora, author of Gramatic  the current exhibition at LIGA,  talked about their academic formation and all the influences they have on the architecture of Lima, Peru, besides they showed us multiple proyects of his workshop.

New executive director of LIGA

June 21, 2015

LIGA presents Isabel Martínez Abascal as its new director. 

Isabel Martínez Abascal (Madrid, 1984) has been appointed the new director of LIGA, Space for Architecture in Mexico City from July this year. She will be responsible for overall coordination of the exhibition and lecture platform and take over its annual programing, working closely with the directors and founders: Ruth Estévez, Wonne Ickx, Victor Jaime Abel Perles, and Carlos Bedoya.

The directors and founders commented: “The outstanding experience of Isabel Martínez Abascal in the field of architecture, academia, and curatorship support her capacity to provide a mature and personal vision to LIGA’s programing. Her international career has been complemented with residences in Tokyo, Berlin, Ahmedabad and São Paulo, amongst others. She has shown a continuous interest in erasing the geographical frontiers for her work. We are certain that Isabel will bring the intellectual strength, enthusiasm and energy that our space needs to continue its successful development.”

The Spanish architect added: “Aboard LIGA, I will seek to explore and expand the conceptual and thus geographic boundaries of what we call Latin America. It is my intention to propose new possibilities of action for this platform in which, in parallel to quarterly exhibitions, I intend to develop a comprehensive program of activities of different natures not restricted to a particular physical space. I want LIGA to be an open space for the interests of all those concerned in architecture and by the disciplines in which it is in dialogue.”

Isabel Martínez Abascal assumes the position after Marielsa Castro left the charge early this year to continue her studies at Harvard University. Architect Mariana Yuste has assumed the executive direction since and will work alongside Isabel for the first months of her new assignment.

LIGA, Space for Architecture is an independent pioneering platform for architectural exhibitions, conferences, and workshops based in Mexico City. The initiative arises in January 2011, from the partnership of the architecture studio PRODUCTORA (Abel Perles, Carlos Bedoya, Víctor Jaime, Wonne Ickx) and Ruth Estévez, historian and contemporary art curator. LIGA was created to establish an experimental space around contemporary architecture and its possibilities as a discursive practice, broadening and establishing connections with other disciplines. It’s a project that seeks to fade the borderlines between different practices, settling a built-in space for creating and thinking, as well as creating a platform for curatorial experimentation.

About Isabel:

Isabel Martinez Abascal (Madrid, 1984) graduated as an architect from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. She also studied at the Technische Universität in Berlin, in Ahmedabad with architect Balkrishna Doshi, and worked in Tokyo for SANAA and in Madrid for Aranguren & Gallegos, before moving to São Paulo where she was lecturer for six years at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism Escola da Cidade, and founded the practice ARQUITE(C)TURA. Among other projects, she was involved in curating the 10th São Paulo Architecture Biennale and curating the exhibition 13 for the inaugural cycle of the Center for Contemporary Art The Canning, Murcia, and the exhibition Visionary Instruments. Perspectograph, post-preterite, chiaroscuro of artist Almudena Lobera at the Space for Contemporary Creation ECCO, Cadiz, as well as writing for magazines like Domus, Wallpaper and Avery Review. In 2014 she founded the architecture studio LANZA Atelier together with Alessandro Arienzo. She has lived in Mexico City since 2015. Isabel combines her professional work with personal projects of various kinds, understanding everything that she makes as architecture.


Opening LIGA 18

May 21, 2015


LIGA 18 | TACOA | Jadineira . Photo: LIGA.


LIGA 18 | TACOA | Jadineira . Photo: LIGA.


LIGA 18 | TACOA | Jadineira . Photo: LIGA.

The last thursday may 21st, LIGA opened his eighteenth exhibition: Jardineira, curated by de brazilian architecture firm TACOA, founded by  Rodrigo Cerviño y Fernando Falcón. the exposition consist  in a concrete made planter  just in front of the entrance to the LIGA gallery  with the intention of  reverse roles between the interior  space of exposistion and exterior space of contemplation,  taking at the same time advantage of this and creating dialogue in the public space

Conference LIGA 18

May 20, 2015


Conferencia LIGA 18| Rodrigo Cerviño, founding partner of TACOA Architects in the Mexico City pavilion at the FCA .Photo: LIGA


Last Wednesday, May 20, the lecture for LIGA 18 was held at the Mexico City pavilion during the Friendly Cultures Carnival .In the conference Rodrigo Cerviño,  co-author among his partner of  Jardineira,  the current exhibition at LIGA,  talked about his academic formation and all the influences that have marked him during his life and have taken him to own all that singular architectural  background,  besides he showed us multiple proyects of his workshop.

Interludes 17

April 11, 2015

Michigan | Mellon Symposium
Saturday, april 11st, 08:30hs.
Insurgentes Sur 348-PH, Col. Roma Sur
The Michigan/Mellon Project on Egalitarianism and the Metropolis is a 4-year academic and research initiative focused on architecture, urbanism and humanities research in Detroit, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro. It is made possible by a $1.3 million grant from the A. W. Mellon Foundation. The project allows design theory and practice to inform and be informed by questions of social justice, social movements and transformative creative arts movements–both past and present. The emphasis on cities and their specificity will focus humanists on linking theories of human interaction and collective life with the physical space of a city and its histories. The increased expertise in urbanism allows for humanists to better understand the market forces and economic constraints that inform design decisions that directly affect human life.

Egalitarianism remains a useful framework for examining the contemporary metropolis because it contains a theory of value based on both the inherent equality of individuals and on some notion of a fair distribution of resources to individuals. Egalitarianism is thus a more ample construct through which to view the challenges and opportunities of today’s modern metropolitan regions, because it does not assume a market-based or capitalist-driven imperative. Rather, egalitarianism can be used to ask what if the underpinnings of resource distribution, transportation, housing allocation and industrial wast management were in the service of the most equitable allocation of goods and services. Given the reality that contemporary metropolitan regions and post-industrial cities fall well short of this goal, egalitarianism then allows us to ask what is the best way to reduce or mitigate the harmful inequalities.


Gsutavo Lipkau in Interludes 17. Fotografía: LIGA


Guatavo Lipkau talking in  Mellon Symposium, Interludes 17  about the privatazation of the common goods

Conference LIGA 17

March 12, 2015


Conference LIGA 17| Estudio Macias Peredo, at Museo Jumex . Photo: LIGA.

Last Wednesday, February 12, the lecture for LIGA 17 was held at Museo Jumex. During the conference, Salvador Macias nad Magui Peredo, authors of Summoning Stones, the current exhibition at LIGA, talked about the context in which he develops his work, and showed some of his projects where it can be seen how their constructions are strongly related to manual work.


February 19, 2015


Artisan and manual labor play a key role in the work of Macías Peredo. The studio creates strategies that make it possible to incorporate a certain level of improvisation and imprecision into the implementation of their projects. Their intervention in the LIGA gallery pursues the same philosophy. Inspired by a moving quote from Adolf Loos about the human quality of worked granite, the architects direct our attention to the very material of the gallery floor: black volcanic recinto stone. The couple from Jalisco asked for 33 tons of this locally-sourced material in its rawest and easiest-to-obtain form, such as the irregular leftovers from commercial quarrying. Working together with a team of builders, an intuitive process of testing piles of stone began. Based on a general idea of the floor plan composition, Macías Peredo react to “what the stone demands of them” and create structural solutions on the fly.


Meanwhile, for this exhibition Macías Peredo also “pile up” brief, intimate texts from close friends that speak, from different points of view, of the appreciation for the manual labor and role of the craftsman in architectural production. In their praxis, we can observe how the human hand manipulates material—even that which is least malleable—in order to tear the stone from the mountain and extract architecture from the natural landscape.

Opening LIGA 17

February 12, 2015

LIGA 17 l Summoning Stones Opening talk at LIGA PH. Photo LIGA



LIGA 17 |Estudio Macias Peredo | Summoning Stones . Photo: LIGA.



LIGA 17 |Estudio Macias Peredo | Summoning Stones . Photo: LIGA.



Opening talk  LIGA 17 l Summonig Stones. Photo: LIGA

Last Thursday, february 12th, LIGA opened its seventeenth exhibition: Summoning Stones curated by de Macías Perdo Studio. the piece cosist in   irregular leftovers from commercial quarrying stacked in a way the perform a haul with a big wall of rocks inside the gallery .

Studio Visit UCLA

November 14, 2014

Last November 10 to November 14 (2014) LIGA received 9 students from UCLA for a studio visit to Mexico City. The option studio led by Wonne Ickx, for the last years students is entitled ‘The very long building’, and questions if there exists the possibility to work on the urban scale through an architectonical object. The trip included visits to well-known architectural highlights such as houses by Luis Barragán (Casa Barragán, Casa Gilardi), the National University Campus (UNAM), the house for Diego and Frida by Juan O’Gorman, the Vasconcelos Library by Alberto Kalach, the JUMEX Museum by David Chipperfield, the experimental Museum El Eco by Mathias Goeritz, the Camino Real Hotel by Legorreta, the San Ignacio de Loyola church by Sordo Madaleno, and many more. The students also visited the offices of TAX (Alberto Kalach), Taller de Arquitectura (Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo), and Taller 13 (Elias Cattan).

The studio visit coincided with the opening of Alejandro Haiek’s installation ‘Paperwork’ at the LIGA Gallery, so the students could assist to his conference on Wednesday and the opening & reception on Thursday. The week ended with a mid-term review at LIGA’s penthouse with Michel Rojkind (Rojkind Arquitectos), Emanuel Ramirez (MMX), Cristoph Zeller (Zeller Moye), Margarita Flores (dear Architects / EEPA), Derek Dellekamp (Dellekamp Arquitectos) who gave a very punctual and thorough critique on the students work and the studio assignment as well. Thanks again for that!

PS: For more information on studio visits to Mexico City organized by LIGA, please contact us.

Organisation at LIGA: Mariana Yuste / Professor: Wonne Ickx / UCLA Students: Austin Kaa, Emma Price, Julio Perez, Sarah Johnson, Mark Simpson, Hillary Bretcko, Kimberly Daul, Ciro Dimson, Max Irish, Trenman Yau / Photography: Ciro Dimson







Opening LIGA 16

November 13, 2014


LIGA 15 Opening at LIGA. Photo: LIGA


LIGA 15 Opening at LIGA. Photo: LIGA


LIGA 15 Opening Talk at LIGA’s PH. Photo: LIGA


Last thursday, November 13, the opening of LIGA 16: Paperwork by Alejandro Haiek took place at LIGA’s PH. The exhibition consists of paper patterns held by wooden frames, illuminated and moved by motion sensors which interact with visitors.

LIGA 16 will be open to general public until the last week of January 2015.

Conference LIGA 16

November 12, 2014


Conference LIGA 16| LAB.PRO.FAB. Alejandro Haiek, at Huerto Roma Verde. Photo: LIGA.


Last Wednesday, November 12, the lecture for LIGA 16 was held at Huerto Roma Verde. During the conference, Alejandro Haiek, author of Paperwork, the current exhibition at LIGA, talked about the context in which he develops his work, and showed some of his projects.

Interlude 16

September 18, 2014

Chic By Accident Project + Ludwig Godefroy is an architecture firm based in Mexico City but formed by french architects Emmanuel Picault and Ludwig Godefroy. During their lecture at Liga, they talked about a great amount of references that are fundamental for the comprehension of their work. It was an inspiring journey consisting of a series of images from Egypt to the Yucatan Peninsula, going through Iceland and France. It presented numerous buildings, landscapes, and objects that interest the duo.

Last (and least), they presented the firm’s most significant projects, like the Nüba Club in Paris, M.N. Roy at Roma Neighborhood in Mexico City, the recuperation of an old hacienda at Yucatán, and Emmanuel’s own house in Morelos State, which, using the author’s words, is in a constant process of construction/deconstruction.


Emmanuel Picault and Ludwig Godefroy at LIGA Interludes 16. Photo: LIGA



Conference Interlude 16 by Chic by Accident Project + Ludwig Godefroy. Photo: LIGA 

Opening LIGA 15

August 21, 2014


Liga 15 |Emilio Marín + Juan Carlos López |The Space Between Things. Photo LIGA


LIGA 14 Opening talk at LIGA PH. Photo LIGA

Last Thursday, August 21st, LIGA opened its fifteenth exhibition: The Space Bewteen Things. The installation by the Chilean duo, Emilio Marín and Juan Carlos López, consists of a series of plaster objects arranged on four display cabinets distributed throughout the gallery space. The objects correspond to recent projects pursued by the studio; anonymous objects, or architectural or artistic references that have played a crucial role in the studio’s development.

Conference LIGA 15

August 20, 2014


Conference LIGA 15| Emilio Marín + Juan Carlos López  at ‘Torre 41,’ Alberto Kalach’s new building. Photo: LIGA.

Last Wednesday, August 20th  the lecture for LIGA 15 given by Emilio Marín and Juan Carlos López took place at ‘Torre 41,’ a new building in Mexico City by the architect Alberto Kalach.

Graham Foundation 2014

August 15, 2014

LGM Studio . Fotografia de Arquitectura

For the third year in a row, LIGA has the honor to recieve the Graham Foundation for Advance Studies in the Fine Arts grant. This Foundation is one of the most important international institutions supporting fine arts and architecture. This year, we recieved the award for the production of LIGA´s exhibition program in 2014-2015.

LIGA allies dinner 2014.

July 24, 2014


Last wednesday, July 3rd, with the generous support of Panel Rey and ARMSTRONG, a dinner with our group of allies took place at Rosetta restaurant. During the evening, we talked about LIGA´s accomplisments, future plans and possible candidates for the 2015 program. This conversation led to a feedback from our allies about our exhibition space.

The attendants were:

Tatiana Bilbao, Mauricio Rocha, Marcell Ibarrola (Búnker arquitectura), Isaac Broid, Yuri Zagorin, Carlos Coronel, Héctor de la Peña, Francisco Pardo, Jorge Hernández de la Garza, Fermín Espinosa, Vanesa Vielma, Frida Luna, Alejandro Gallardo, and Ramiro Dávila. Also,  Carlos Bedoya, Víctor Jaime, Abel Perles, and Wonne Ickx, founding partners, and  Marielsa Castro,executive director of LIGA.










LIGA allies dinner 2014. Photo: LIGA

Interludes 15

July 3, 2014

During his lecture at LIGA last Thursday July 3rd, Didier Faustino described his work as a “personal architecture” where user´s experience is the key of his projects.
Faustino presented some recent works and a brief explanation of the project he is currently developing in Mexico, the new headquarters for Fundación Alumnos47.


Didier Faustino at Interlude 15. Photo: LIGA


Faustino´s lecture at Interludes 15. Photo: LIGA

Opening LIGA 14

May 29, 2014


Liga 14 |MAPA |Spaces Within Spaces. Photo LIGA


LIGA 14 Opening talk (left Maurico Lopez, right Luciano Andrades). Photo LIGA

Last Thrursday, May 29th, LIGA opened its fourteenth exhibition: Spaces Within Spaces.The binational office MAPA employs a strategy to make the gallery space itself present and tangible by means of lattice of wooden posts. Recalling a hypostyle hall, this distribution of contiguous elements creates an intensified experience of the space, generating orthogonal and diagonal views through the obstacles. Each of these vertical columns has also been cut into and houses a scale model of a scene from everyday life.

Coexistences, by MMX

November 27, 2013

INAUG_LIGA11_003LIGA Interludes 13: Coexistences, MMX. Photo by LIGA.

Last Tuesday November 12th, Mexican architectural study MMX inaugurated LIGA 12: Coexistences as part of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. Due to this exhibition, LIGA invited to a conference where the architects presented the intervention made at MUDE, Museum of Design and Fashion in the portuguese capital.

Alumnos47 in Lisbon

November 16, 2013



Fundación Alumnos47 and El Proyecto Sonidero. México, 2013. Photo: Lisbon Architecture Triennale.

As part of LIGA’s activities for the programme The Institute Effect at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Fundación Alumnos47 and El Proyecto Sonidero present ‘Rebarding’, a work dedicated to the painting of walls or fences, traditionally used as mass media for dan­ces of sound systems (sonideros) and northern or rock mu­sic concerts. An element that was ubiquitous in Mexico City, the walls or fences have been progressively displaced to the margins of the metropolis.

LIGA in Lisbon

November 12, 2013

INAUG_LIGA12_003Opening LIGA 12: MMX at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. Photo by LIGA.

The programme of LIGA, platform for young Latin American architecture establishes a bridge between Lisbon and Mexico City. At MUDE, Museum of Design and Fashion, a site-specific installation designed by Mexican studio MMX replicates and multiplies the original space of LIGA (16m2), in a reflection on the intersections and contaminations between space and content.

Opening LIGA 11

November 7, 2013

Last Thursday november 7th, LIGA, space for architecture as part of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, inaugurated a double exhibition, simultaneously showcasing Portuguese studio RCJV in Mexico City and Mexican architectural firm MMX in Lisbon, Portugal. (more…)

Conference LIGA 11

November 6, 2013

On Wednesday, November 6th, LIGA hosted a public conference by architecural firm Ricardo Carvalho and Joana Vilhena on the piece ‘Arena’ by American artist Rita Mc Bride inside Tamayo Museum, a functional sculpture which structure reminds of an amphitheater’s stairs.

CONF_LIGA11_07Conference LIGA 11| Ricardo Carvalho and Joana Vilhena on the Arena by Rita Mc Bride, Tamayo Museum. Photo by LIGA.

CONF_LIGA11_06Conference LIGA 11| Ricardo Carvalho and Joana Vilhena on the Arena by Rita Mc Bride, Tamayo Museum. Photo by LIGA.

Graham Foundation

September 11, 2013


LIGA has been honored for the second time with the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Grant, this time for the support of its first publication: “ Even Small spaces start small”, a compilation of LIGA´s  first 10 exhibitions,  the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.

LIGA marks its 10th exhibition.

August 22, 2013

LGM Studio . Fotografia de Arquitectura

Last thursday August 22nd LIGA, Space for Architecture, presented its tenth edition of exhibitions  that promote young latin american talent. The achitect Luis Aldrete from Guadalajara, created  a hidden garden in the middle of city, titled: Mock up of a common place. The small garden is  submerged in a mass of earth that leans against the windows of the gallery. The space generates a  sensorial experience, a moment of escape from the chaos of the city within an inner illusory world.

A walking visit through Mexico ’68

August 3, 2013

INTERLUDIOS_11_008LIGA Interludios 11: Estación #9, Todd Williams, Estados Unidos. Fotografía: LIGA

Last saturday August 3rd, LIGA and Patronato Ruta de la Amistad A.C., organized a walking visit through the first phase of the relocation project of the sculptures designed for Mexico ’68, guided by Luis Javier de la Torre, founder of the project. We visited 12 of the 22 sculptures located in between the ‘Periférico’ and ‘Avenida Insurgentes’.

Pamphlet Architecture 33

July 8, 2013



In the recent number 33 of the prestigious series ‘Pamphlet Architecture’ published by Princeton Architectural Press since 1977, Luis Callejas – LCLA (former Paisajes Emergentes) presents a series of projects that investigate the relation between hydrological phenomena, territorial politics and landscape architecture. At the center of the volume, entitled ‘Islands and Atolls’, a series of illustrations and texts relate the exhibition ‘Floodings’ that was presented in LIGA in the summer of 2011.

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Luis Callejas – LCLA, Pamphlet Architecture 33, Islands & atolls, 2013



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Architectural League Prize

May 25, 2013

The Architectural League of New York has awarded Luis Callejas, founder and director of LCLA Office, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Medellin, Colombia. Before he collaborated with Edgar Mazo and Sebastian Mejia, as the firm Paisajes Emergentes, who presented in LIGA their exhibition entitled ‘Floodings’ in August 2011.

The Architectural League Prize is one of North America’s most prestigious awards for young architects and designers. The Prize, established in 1981, recognizes specific works of high quality and encourages the exchange of ideas among young people who might otherwise not have a forum. Each year the Architectural League and the Young Architects + Designers Committee organize a portfolio competition. Six winners are then invited to present their work in a variety of public fora, including lectures, an exhibition, a catalogue published by Princeton Architectural Press.

2013 League Prize winners: Luis Callejas, LCLA office; Brandon Clifford and Wes McGee, Matter Design; Marc Fornes, MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY; Rafael Luna y Dongwoo Yim, PRAUD; Skylar J.E. Tibbits, SJET; Bryan Young, Young Projects.

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Opening LIGA 09

May 12, 2013

On May 9th “Opaque Sound”, the project that Chilean architect Eduardo Castillo presents for LIGA 09 was inaugurated. Is a sturdy piece of wood that explores an object’s density, so that it nearly takes up the entire exhibition space. The installation will be open to the public for the next three months and it will be accompanied with an original text from Chilean architect Patricio Mardones entitled ‘Behind the wooden curtain’


LIGA 09: Opaque Sound | Eduardo Castillo | Photo: Ramiro Chaves


Eduardo Castillo at opening talk.


Conference LIGA 09, at ARCHIVO Diseño y Arquitectura. Photo: LIGA.

Triennale in Lisbon

May 11, 2013

Recently LIGA was invited to take part in the 3rd Architectural Triennial in Lisbon 2013: Close, Closer, within the curatorial program: “The Institute Effect”. This program invited 10 institutions from around the globe, to activate the space of MUDE (Museum of Design and Fashion), one of the main locations of the next Triennial, through a program that reflects on the day-to-day activities of the invited institutions.

On the occasion of the Triennial, LIGA will move temporary to Lisbon, where the small space is ‘copied’ in MUDE through an installation by the Mexican office MMX. By copying the space they reflect on the physical qualities of the exhibition space as a generator for curatorial content. Simultaneously the Portuguese studio RCJV is invited to Mexico City where they will inaugurate their site-specific installation at ‘LIGA, Mexico City’ and present their work to the Mexican public. The sum of both creates an active interchange between local cultures, questions the idea of exhibition space and its location and will bring the idea of the ‘double’ to the foreground. A special double issue of LIGA that occurs simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic!

Other invited institutions to take part in the “The Institute Effect” are: CASCO – Office for Art Design and Theory (NL), Centre for Research Architecture (UK), Centre for Urban Pedagogy (US), Design as Politics (NL), Fabrica (IT), Institut fur Raumexperimente (DE), Jornal Arquitectos (PT), SALT (TR), Spatial Agency (UK), Storefront for Art and Architecture (US), Strelka Institute (RU), Z33 (BE)

The Institute Effect: “Institutions of architecture including, but not limited to, magazines, journals, websites, galleries, project spaces, archives, libraries and museums are arguably as influential on the contemporary landscape of architecture as the credited authors. The critical minds gathering, researching, exhibiting, analyzing, commending, awarding and commissioning are amongst the most influential and productive practitioners today. This exhibition will become a living, changing homage to the contemporary institution as a spatial practitioner. The host institution, MUDE, a museum devoted to contemporary design in Lisbon, will create a stage set to invite 10 institutions from around the world that will consecutively inhabit the space, forming a rotating curatorship.”

LIGA in Slovenia

May 10, 2013

Last Thursday May 9th, LIGA participated in a conference called ‘The Institutional Act’ in Ljubljana, Slovenia organized by The Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO). This conference, curated by Beatrice Galilee, is part of a broader ongoing pursuit to define the interconnection between architecture and exhibition-making. It seeks to contribute to the debate about the developing practice of exhibiting architecture and the role of the institutions, which commission and frame contemporary discourse. It seeks to interrogate the formation of institutional knowledge and critique its direction.

The ‘The Institutional Act’ brings together five directors of influential contemporary architectural institutions: Eva Franch i Gilabert from Storefront for Art and Architecture (New York, US), Jan Boelen from Z33 House for contemporary Art (Hasselt, BE), Indy Johar of 00:/ (London, UK) and Marielsa Castro of LIGA – Space for Architecture (Mexico City, MEX)

From the website:

Institutions are power. They channel directions, focus attention. They are, without want of explanation, important. They are vessels that collect, exhibit, examine, support and critique. They are arbiters of taste, formers of knowledge. They are the dreamweavers of our cultural imagination. But more than capturing and captivating, and as part of their economic and intellectual capacity, many contemporary institutions of architecture are producers. Those that don’t simply process and filter but are participating in a critical form of space-shaping. In the expanded field of architecture where architectural acts are beyond buildings, contemporary institutions are more at home amongst practitioners than critics.

Some of the strongest and most influential acts of institutions have lead to real political and social change. In complex political globalised times when cultural direction and investment is lacking from governments, and city’s become more autonomous and culture more lucrative, institutions are becoming more significant and their role more potent. The conference attempts to negotiate these terrains and discuss the definition and role and remit of the contemporary architectural institution.

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(Left to right) Eva Franch of Storefront for Art and Architecture (NewYork), Marielsa Castro of LIGA (Mexico), Jan Boelen of Z33 House for contemporary Art (Hasselt, Belgium), Indy Johar of Architecture 00 (London, UK) and Beatrice Galilee curator. Photo: Ana Kovac


Marielsa Castro in lecture at MAO debates. Photo: Ana Kovac


Marielsa Castro in lecture at MAO debates. Photo: Ana Kovac

Conference LIGA 09

May 8, 2013

Wednesday May 8th, 2013 the Chilean architect Eduardo Castillo will give a lecture on his work at ARCHIVO, Diseño y Arquitectura (Gral. Francisco Ramírez 4, Col. Ampliación Daniel Garza), at 07:30 pm. Free entrance. / Thursday May 9th, his exhibition at LIGA entitled ‘Opaque Sound’ will open its doors at 07:00 pm, invitation required.



Iñaki Bonillas at Interludes 10

April 15, 2013

OMR and LIGA, in collaboration with PRODUCTORA, present ‘The story of the Sinking Ship which is a ship and yet is not’, a site-specific installation created by Iñaki Bonillas for the attic of Augusto H. Álvarez and Juan Sordo Madaleno’s 1950 building, located at Avenida Insurgentes Sur 348, which, occupying a small, triangular city block, bears a peculiar resemblance to a boat. This ephemeral exercise will be on view in May 2013, and will be open from 10am to 2pm, and 4pm to 7pm.


Interludes 10: Iñaki Bonillas. Photo: Courtesy OMR

Carla Juacaba wins arcvision Prize

March 15, 2013

Carla Juaçaba has been announced as the winner of the inaugural arcVision – Women and Architecture Prize, an international social architecture award instituted by the Italcementi Group. The brazilian architect who presented at LIGA her exhibition entitled ‘Isostasy’ in April 2012, received the award for his architectural vision, sensitivity to site context and creativity in seeking unconventional solutions to design problems, this reflected in her recent project Pavilion Humanidade 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

The Jury also awarded three Special Mentions, one to Izaskun Chinchilla from Spain who presented her installation ‘House: Tree, Chocolate, Fireplace’ at LIGA in November 2012.


Pavilion Humanidade 2012, Foto: Leonardo Finotti
Pavilion Humanidade 2012, Foto: Leonardo Finotti

Kersten Geers at LIGA

March 7, 2013

LIGA in collaboration with Arquine and Gustavo Gili organized Interludes 09, on March 7th. Kersten Geers and Wonne Ickx discussed about the architecture drawing, photography and representation in relation to the recently released monograph of OFFICE KGDVS edited by 2G.


Kersten Geers at Interludes 09.


Kersten Geers and Wonne Ickx at LIGA.

Opening LIGA 08

February 14, 2013

On February 14th, LIGA 08: Permeability was inaugurated, in this edition, plan:b, a young Colombian studio led by Felipe and Federico Mesa were invited to participate. Their piece consists of a 15 minute long looped video projected over three different layers of vertical lamella, each reflecting light in a distinct manner. This last installment of our recurring program will be open till May.


Opening talk by Federico and Felipe Mesa at LIGA


Opening at LIGA´S PH


Conference at Cultural Center Vladimir Kaspé, Universidad La Salle.

Conference LIGA 08

February 13, 2013

Wednesday February 13th, 2013, the Colombian architects Felipe and Federico Mesa will give a lecture on their work at Centro Cultural Vladimir Kaspé in Universidad La Salle (Benjamin Franklin 47, Col. Hipódromo Condesa), at 07:30 pm. Free entrance. / Thursday February 14th, their exhibition at LIGA entitled ‘Permeability’ will open its doors at 07:00 pm, invitation required.


Alberto Kalach at LIGA

January 30, 2013

On January 30th in LIGA we had a conference with Alberto Kalach, who shared his ideas about Mexico City and he explained  the power of tools like Google Earth to visualize and design our cities. With the participation of Javier Toscano curator and theorist, it opened to the public a discussion about the ideas presented in ATLAS of projects for Mexico City.


Interludes 08: Alberto Kalach at LIGA.


Javier Toscano (left) artist and theorist, with Alberto Kalach at Interludes 08.

RUTA at Interludes 07

November 21, 2012

After its premiere at the XIII Architecture Biennale in Venice, LIGA and Cine Tonalá proudly present for the first time in Mexico: ‘RUTA’. The movie takes us to the mountains of Jalisco to introduce us nine architectonical pieces that form part of the project, The Pilgrim Route.
The first screening will take place on Saturday November, 24 as part of the ‘Corredor Cultural Roma Condesa’. The movie will show at 9:00 pm at Cine Tonalá.

LIGA and Cine Tonalá are furthermore organizing a special screening in presence of the architects Tatiana Bilbao, Derek Dellekamp and Rozana Montiel on Friday November, 30. The movie will show at 8 pm and afterwards there will be time to dialogue with the architects.

Free Entrance. For the special screening it is necessary to confirm your attendance at

The tickets can be picked up at Cine Tonala before the screening.
www.estudio de producció



Presentación LIGA Interludios 07 en Cine Tonalá, Rozana Montiel, Tatiana Bilbao, Derek Dellekamp y Cristian Manzutto. Viernes 30 de noviembre 2012. Fotografía: LIGA


Presentación LIGA Interludios 07 en Cine Tonalá, viernes 30 de noviembre 2012. Fotografía: LIGA


New Director of LIGA

November 15, 2012

From beginning of November this year, Marielsa Castro will be named executive director of LIGA, Space for Architecture in Mexico City. Marielsa will be in charge of the general coordination and management of the exhibition platform in close relation with the founding directors Ruth Estevez, Wonne Ickx, Victor Jaime, Abel Perles and Carlos Bedoya.

The founding directors of LIGA comment: ‘We are convinced that Marielsa Castro will add a fresh vision, the energy and the enthusiasm that is necessary for as space such as LIGA. Her experience in the organization of cultural events and her relation with the visual arts, have assured us of her capacity to take up a central position in the management of LIGA. We deliberately opted for a young director, continuing our institutional search for young talents in the field of cultural production in Latin America.’

The installment of Marielsa Castro as the executive director of LIGA, coincides with the departure of Maki Leos Hosokawa who has been in charge of the coordination of LIGA since the venue opened its doors in March 2011. Maki coordinated and managed all the exhibition projects and LIGA interludes until now, and her leaving to continue her studies in Japan, will certainly be a great loss for LIGA.

About Marielsa Castro:

Marielsa Castro is an architect graduated at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City where she formed part of the Society of Students and during two consecutive years she collaborated in the creation of the two most important vents realized by the architecture department: Movilgrafía and FOROENTRE/2010. Together with the team of COLECTIVO 928, she installed a new system of student participation which has been reproduced for the next three years at the university. She realized an academic interchange program at the University of New York, Continued Education. During this period she realized an internship at ACCONCI STUDIO led by the renowned artist and architect, Vito Acconci.



Marielsa Castro new director of LIGA

Opening LIGA 07

November 1, 2012

For the first time at LIGA we are happy to present a project from a Spanish architect. In her project ‘House: Tree, Chocolate, Chimney’ Izaskun Chinchilla turns the exhibition space into a rural birthday scene in which the guest of honour is none other than housing. Three edible models in the form of cakes are decorated with children’s motifs and lit by flower-shaped lamps. Each festive cake represents different stages of a tree house, a metaphor used by the architect to exemplify the most natural and ancient form of habitation. Chinchilla illustrates through this installation the key issues that play a role in her architecture: ecology, sustainability, the relationship between the house and its direct environment and the responsibilities of architects when creating our cities.

The installation will be open to the public for the next three months and it will be accompanied with an original text from Colombian critic and editor Miguel Mesa entitled ‘Live Load’, together with a poster designed by Izaskun Chinchilla that illustrates the project in a graphic way.


Conferencia LIGA 07, en el Centro Cultural España, miércoles 31 de octubre 2012. (A la izquierda socia fundadora de LIGA Ruth Estevez y a la derecha Izaskun Chinchilla) Fotografía: LIGA.


Charla inaugural de Izaskun Chinchilla en LIGA, jueves 1 de noviembre 2012. Fotografía: LIGA

Conference LIGA 07

October 23, 2012

Wednesday October 31, 2012 the Spanish architect Izaskun Chinchilla will give a lecture on her work at Centro Cultural España (Corredor Cultural Donceles 97 – Guatemala 18, Colonia Centro Histórico), at 19.30 h. Free entrance. / Thursday November 1st, her exhibition at LIGA entitled ‘House: Tree, Chocolate, Fireplace’ will open its doors at 19.00 h., invitation required.


LIGA at the MUAC

October 1, 2012

Last thursday november 15, LIGA took part within the framework of Nicolas Paris´s exhibition, “Exercises of Resistance” at MUAC. Trough the talk LIGA’s team explained to the public, their works methodologies and curatorial process. Also the public performed an exercise in which each person submitted a proposal for LIGA´s space.



Marielsa Castro directora de LIGA, en el MUAC (Foto: LIGA)


Marielsa Castro en los Ejercicios de Resistencia de Nicolás Paris en el MUAC (Foto: LIGA)


Marielsa Castro en los Ejercicios de Resistencia de Nicolás Paris en el MUAC (Foto: LIGA)


Marielsa Castro en los Ejercicios de Resistencia de Nicolás Paris en el MUAC (Foto: LIGA)



LIGA works on its first book

September 28, 2012

LIGA has just received support from FONCA (Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes) through the Programa de Fomento a Proyectos y Coinversiones Culturales to enable it´s first publication LIGA-Space for Architecture, DF – Volume I, which will combine individual works produced in the space over the last two years since opened.

Luis Felipe Ortega at Interludes 06

September 27, 2012

LIGA INTERLUDES 06: Last Thursday September 27th, LIGA introduced Mexican artist´s Luis Felipe Ortega conference entitled: “Thoughts on weight and lightness: object, space and void”. The conference was about the different links and displacements between art, architecture, literature and philosophy which are the subjects that make up his creative imagination.


Luis Felipe Ortega en LIGA, jueves 27 de septiembre (Foto: LIGA)


Luis Felipe Ortega y Ruth Estevez en LIGA, jueves 27 de septiembre 2012. (Foto: LIGA)


Luis Felipe Ortega y Ruth Estevez en LIGA, jueves 27 de septiembre 2012. (Foto: LIGA)


Luis Felipe Ortega en LIGA, jueves 27 de septiembre (Foto: LIGA)

Ruth Estevez at REDCAT, LA

September 25, 2012

REDCAT has named a new gallery director and curator to oversee its visual arts program. Ruth Estevez will take on the job starting November at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, located at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown L.A. The Gallery at REDCAT mounts about five exhibitions a year, focusing on Latin American and Asian artists who are not yet widely known in the U.S.

Estevez will fill the role formerly held by Clara Kim, who left REDCAT in 2011 to join the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Since Kim’s departure, associate gallery curator Aram Moshayedi has been serving as acting director.

Estevez hails from Spain and is based in Mexico City, according to REDCAT. She served as chief curator of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Carrillo Gil in Mexico from 2007 to 2011. Estevez also co-founded LIGA – Space for Architecture, an organization devoted to contemporary architecture in Latin America. Estevez said in a statement that she was drawn to REDCAT’s “interdisciplinary mission — theater arts and dance have always been key references for my curatorial practice, along with architectural notions of spatiality. I plan to explore in a provocative way the encounters and connections between these disciplines.”