From May 20 to June 9, Adam Marcus and CCA Architecture colleague Sandra Vivanco (of A+D) led a traveling studio titled "Material Cultures" in Mexico City and Oaxaca. The first half of the trip consisted of site visits to important architectural sites from the pre-Columbian, Colonial, and Modernist periods, as well as a short trip to Oaxaca to visit artisan workshops and learn about traditional craft practices.
The second half of the course consisted of a 10-day joint workshop with the School of Architecture at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City. Marcus and Vivanco collaborated with UNAM faculty Elena Tudela (Oficinia de Resiliencia Urbana), Marcela Delgado, Mexico City architect Diego Ricalde (Estudio MMX), 11 CCA students, and 19 UNAM students to design and construct three large-scale installations that challenge the architectural typology of the wall. The projects employ everyday materials—loteria playing cards, corn husks, and malla mesh used for shopping bags—to explore how walls, typically devices of separation, can take on new capacities for connecting and engaging people. The work builds upon architectural, material, historical, and cultural research conducted by both the UNAM and CCA students prior to the workshop. The installations were installed in the Galería José Luis Benlliure and presented at an open-house event at the conclusion of the course.