Archives, Displacement and the Re-edition of Max Cetto’s „Modern Architecture in Mexico“
Cristina López Uribe, Salvador Lizárraga Sánchez, Susanne Dussel Peters and Daniela Ortiz dos Santos
German-Mexican architect Max Ludwig Cetto (1903-1980) was the author of Moderne Architektur in Mexiko, which appeared in 1961 by the renowned Stuttgart’s book publisher Gerd Hatje in German and English, and by Praeger in New York for the English and Spanish edition. A discussion about the processes and challenges of re-editing Cetto’s publication today is served as a point of departure to reflect on modern architectural historiography and archival research.
Cristina López Uribe is an architectural historian who specializes in twentieth-century Mexican architecture. She is a professor of the history of architecture at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and acted as editor-in-chief of the journal Bitácora Arquitecturafrom 2013 to 2020. She is the author of the essay “Reflections of the ‘Colonial’. Between Mexico and Californiano” (Latin American Modern Architectures: Ambiguous Territories, Routledge, 2013) and assisted MoMA curators in Mexico in preparation for the exhibition Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
Salvador Lizárraga Sánchez is a professor of the history of architecture at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and editor specialized in modern Mexican architecture. He currently leads the Laboratorio Editorial de Arquitectura at UNAM’s School of Architecture. He is co-editor, with Enrique X. de Anda, of The Architectonic Culture of Mexican Modernity (UNAM, 2007) and, with Cristina López Uribe, of Living CU: 60 Years (UNAM, 2014). He has been an advisor for architecture exhibitions at the UNAM Museum of Art and Science and is currently pursuing his doctoral degree from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
Susanne Dussel Peters studied architecture in the Max Cetto Atelier, Architectural School of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She is the author of the pioneering monograph on Max Cetto entitled Max Cetto (1903-1980): Arquitecto Mexicano Alemán (Ciudad de México: Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, 1995) and the article “Die Architektur Hannes Meyers und Max Cettos : Von der deutschen Moderne nach Mexico”, in : Mexiko, Das wohltemperierte Exil, (Ciudad de México: Instituto de Investigaciones Interculturales Germano-Mexicanas, 1995), 233-252.
Daniela Ortiz dos Santos teaches and researches architectural history at the Goethe University Frankfurt and the Center for Critical Studies in Architecture. She studied architecture in Buenos Aires (UBA) and in Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and received her PhD from the ETH Zurich. She is the author of “Invisible Files in Visible Institutions: Notes on Max Cetto’s Papers” (Critique d’art, 2020) and co-editor of Zeitgenössische feministische Raumpraxis(ARCH+, 2022).
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