The Architecture of Modernity and Nostalgia: Luis Barrag?n's Las Arboledas and Los Clubes.
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My project focuses on Mexico?s most famous architect Luis Barrag?n and the contextualization of two exclusive residential developments he designed to the north of Mexico City, Las Arboledas and Los Clubes. Barrag?n?s subdivisions are distinct as manifestations of his upper-class, conservative beliefs along with the larger environment of Mexico City, which in the mid-twentieth century was rapidly transforming through massive industrialization and population growth. As an emerging Megalopolis, mid-century Mexico City was marked by extreme increases of wealth for an elite few. Upper-class aspirations for modernity coupled with a longing for a bucolic past are embodied by Barrag?n?s subdivisions. Las Arboledas and Los Clubes are distinct in their their equine focus with strong symbolic associations with the Colonial era. Past written work on Barrag?n has been clouded by poetic language limited to the emotional and surreal aspects of his work. I concentrate on Barrag?n as businessman, providing a nostalgic ?aristocratic? retreat which plays on the desires and collective memory of the Mexican people for the emerging middle and upper class.