“Designing Mexico City” at A / D / O
28 September 2018
Cocolab participated in a panel discussion organized in Brooklyn, NYC.
A/D/O is a creative space located in New York whose purpose is to support the creative community. The space is intended to be a meeting point for pioneers from various different industries and backgrounds. In an effort to collaborate beyond its specific industry and physical space and promote design thinking in general, A/D/O organized a panel discussion featuring architects, designers, and artists from Mexico City. This session focused on analyzing how each participant’s practice responds to the contemporary cultural landscape and the heritage of the city.

During this session, Josué Ibáñez, director of Cocolab’s Interaction Area, mentioned that, “At Cocolab we always try to engage with elements of the city and use them as a resource to engage new generations and interest them in their own culture."

“The best thing about art and creative industries is that they can create change,” said Noemí Ontiveros of Salón ACME, who also participated on the panel. “They can change guns and violence into music and art.”

Each of the practitioners that participated in the session seek to incorporate the heritage of Mexico City into their work and practice and assess how this incorporation can promote public discourse. In the eyes of this group of creatives, the city is a laboratory where they must balance a mixture of a strong past, social problems, and creativity to create something new. The creative offering in Mexico City is undeniable.