Pedro Ramírez Vázquez is one of the most important and representative architects of our country. While his name is not so ingrained in our history, its constructions, such as the Azteca Stadium or the “new” Basilica of Guadalupe, are.
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An artist with conviction
Octavio Paz, one of the most recognized Mexican poets, said it well: “architecture is the unbearable witness of history. Because, you can’t talk about a great building without recognizing in it the witness of an era. Your culture, your society and your intentions. ”
This is how Pedro Ramírez Vázquez became a witness of the future that nourishes, through spaces, Mexican needs. And today they are still valid.
Who was Pedro Ramírez?
As a graduate from Universidad Autonoma de México, he taught some classes at the campus. In addition to being President of the Organizing Committee of the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico. It should be noted that as president, he also designed the graphic image of the games, establishing a before and after in the history of Mexican design. His great architectural talent made him the winner of the National Fine Arts Award in 1973. In addition to being founder and first rector of UAM.
However, Pedro Ramírez saw powerful political and social change agents in the stones and buildings. Where architecture was used, as a means to generate cultural changes, aimed at a community concerned about its own identity and developed progressively.
Fundamental in the development of current Mexico …
This was how, Pedro Ramírez made the city a cultural complex whose main focus was art. The complexes he created range from cultural to sports and with his creations, the new visual aesthetic that would take the country to a new order, made its way through the skies. Some say, if we want to understand the city it is necessary to approach the fundamentals of Ramírez’s design.
His lines reveal the future, and for many, he was a visionary who advanced to a Mexico that needed a new image of urbanization. Today, all his constructions are iconic and give us identity.
Some of his most emblematic projects are: the National Museum of Anthropology and History, in Chapultepec, Estadio Azteca. Also, the Torre de Tlatelolco, Cuauhtémoc Stadium in the city of Puebla, Friendship Route, from Olympic Village to Cuemanco. Similarly. Besides, the El Rosario Housing Unit, Mexico City, New Basilica of Guadalupe and also the Metropolitan Autonomous University and the Legislative Palace of San Lázaro.
But his talent didn’t end there. Between 1955 and 1957 he designed 15 markets in Mexico City, including La Lagunilla, Tepito, Coyoacán, Azcapotzalco and also, San Pedro de los Pinos, Balbuena and Anahuac.
Without a doubt, Pedro Ramírez is an artist who opened a way to modern Mexican architecture. And, thanks to his works, we are recognized in the global context of nations as he laid the foundations of contemporary Mexican cultural identity.
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