Loreta Castro-Reguera on Retroactive

On March 13th, as part of the 2023 Spring Urbanism Lecture series, co-hosted by the City Design & Development Program (CDD), SMArchS Urbanism Program, and Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism at MIT, Loreta Castro-Reguera shared her work in Retroactive.

Born in Mexico City in 1979, Loreta Castro Reguera founded Taller Capital in 2010 with José Pablo Ambrosi; their work focuses on designing the city through densification and infrastructural public spaces, understanding different strategies for managing water. They have received several national and international recognitions and prizes such as the 2022 IIT MCHAP Emerge Prize, the 2020 Emerging Architects Prize from the Architectural League of New York, a prize from the XII Iberoamerican Biennial, and a Silver Medal from the 2022 Mexican Biennial. José and Loreta were invited professors at the University of Venice WAVE program and have been guest critics in several schools in Mexico, US, and Europe. In 2022, for the 2022 Lisbon Architecture Triennale Terra, they curated the exhibition RETROACTIVE and edited its book, published by Circo de Ideas.

Reguera studied Architecture at the School of Architecture of UNAM, has a Master in Architecture from Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, and a Master in Urban Design with Distinction from the Harvard GSD. She has been awarded with several scholarships and prizes for both her trajectory and her independent work such as a Fulbright scholarship, and the CEMEX Marcelo Zambrano scholarship. As a result of focusing her research on water and design she received the 2010 Druker Traveling Fellowship Award and later the Global Gold Prize and Latin America Gold Prize of the 5th emission of the Lafarge Holcim Awards for La Quebradora, where she was design director and general coordinator. Loreta is a member of the National Creators System of Mexico and teaches a thesis design seminar at UNAM. She has written the book “The image of water in the city,” published by Arquine and Fundación ICA, and has written essays for several magazines and books. Since 2018 she is part of the National Creators System of Mexico.

By Sylvia Jimenez, Norman B (1938). and Muriel Leventhal Fellow, MIT Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism.

Rescate integral de cauce de arroyos en la Colonia Xinantecatl [Credit: Taller Capital]



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