Southern California Institute of Architecture
This entry garnered favor early in the judging process and held on through the more rigorous moments of debate. Jurors recognized a successful juxtaposition of the open and closed spaces at the edges, and how these open-closed spaces allowed for defined individual market spaces within the larger unified space. One juror sensed a playful collage evoking a feeling of place that gave this corner of the city a real presence without trying to be monumental. Another commented that the vendors were not lined up on alley ways but organized in "pushed out" spaces that nudged pedestrians along through the market. Many felt this student created an experiential space, that there was an intuitive response to the spirit of marketplace in Mexico City, and that this design did not feel at all derivative of current trends in the architectural press. Like the first and second prize winners, this entry did address the major components of the Program in a more complete way than most other entries, but unlike the other prize winners, the jurors felt this entry didn't demonstrate the same level of resolution of detail of each of these Program components.