Journal Article

Choreographing the Metropolis: Networks of Circulation and Power in Olympic Mexico

Luis Castañeda

in Journal of Design History

Published on behalf of Design History Society

Volume 25, issue 3, pages 285-303
Published in print August 2012 | ISSN: 0952-4649
Published online August 2012 | e-ISSN: 1741-7279 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jdh/eps023
Choreographing the Metropolis: Networks of Circulation and Power in Olympic Mexico

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This article explores the centrality of projects focused on the theme of circulation through the city to the urban politics of Mexico in the years surrounding the organization and celebration of the Mexico City 1968 Olympics. It discusses the close interrelation between the urban strategies implemented as part of Mexico’68, and those that defined the contemporary construction of the Mexico City subway system. Scholarship has never explored the close interrelation between these two undertakings, which had a strong impact on the image and form of one of the world’s largest cities, during its period of most significant expansion and greatest political unrest. An analysis of these intersections reveals the extent to which the Mexican context participated in international debates, not only about the infrastructure of cities, but about the role that design could play as a technology of propaganda and social control.

Keywords: 1960s; architecture; design history; local national global mapping; local national global planning; transport design; urban design

Journal Article.  8721 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Art ; Art Forms ; Industrial and Commercial Art ; Art Styles

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