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Mexico City with Vanha Lam

Words by Vanha Lam
Photography by Sha Hwang and Mike Jacobs

News today and tomorrow a ruin, buried and resurrected every day, lived together in streets, plazas, buses, taxis, movie houses, bars, hotels, pigeon coops and catacombs, the enormous city that fits in a room three yards square, and endless as a galaxy. - Octavio Paz, on Mexico City, 1976

Alejandro Castro’s Intervención

Van Ha Lam in Kaarem at Alejandro Castro’s Intervención

View through the plastic window of an agua fresca stand, Colonia Roma Norte

Van Ha Lam in Kaarem at Alejandro Castro’s Intervención

Wall and joinery detail of Intervención by Alejandro Castro’s, Museo Tamayo

Van Ha Lam in Kaarem at Alejandro Castro’s Intervención

Found quiet, found sky inside Alejandro Castro’s Intervención, Museo Tamayo

Van Ha Lam in Kaarem at Alejandro Castro’s Intervención

Exterior of Alejandro Castro’s Intervención, Museo Tamayo

Museo Nacionale de Anthropología

Museo Nacionale de Anthropología

Repetition in the exterior of Museo Nacional de Anthropologia

Jardín de Botánico

Vanhalam in Kaarem at Jardín de Botánico

Wooden crates scattered on the grounds of Bosque de Chapultepec

Vanhalam in Kaarem at Jardín de Botánico

Local flora inside the glass greenhouse of Jardín Botánico

Sculpture Garden at Museo de Arte Moderno

Vanhalam in Kaarem at Sculpture Garden at Museo de Arte Moderno

Through a Sebastián at the sculpture garden of the Museo de Arte Moderno

Sebastien’s Arco de Roberta

Vanhalam in Kaarem at Sebastien’s Arco de Roberta

Enjoying a break from afternoon rain against Sebastián's Arco de Roberto

Vanhalam in Kaarem at Sebastien’s Arco de Roberta

Sebastián's beautifully etched signature below the sculpture

Lago de Chapultepec

Lago de Chapultepec

Sitting along the edge of the pond at Lago de Chapultepec

Lago de Chapultepec

Mexico City was a city built on shallow lake beds. When it rains, it floods; history of a sinking city.

Casa Luis Barragán

Casa Luis Barragán

Soft light inside Mexican architect, Luis Barragan's home and studio

Casa Luis Barragán
Casa Luis Barragán

About Van Ha Lam:
Vanha Lam is a San Francisco-based designer and researcher practicing at the intersection of art, architecture, and technology. Founded Site and Stasis, an archive of disappearing architecture, emerging landscapes, and temporary interventions. Assisted with exhibitions through Department of Architecture, a pop-up architecture gallery. Curated Topography, a radio program broadcasting site-specific sound, sound art, and other forms of experimental music. Studied environmental design at the University of California, Davis.

Visit: vanhalam.net

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