The 2018 ACADIA conference will take place in Mexico City, Mexico. Mexico City is a conurbation of several neighborhoods and villages covering an area of approximately 573 square miles. The area has been continuously populated for almost seven centuries, and is now one of the most populous and vibrant metropolis in the world. The historic center, located roughly in the center/north of the city, contains most of the colonial and baroque architecture as well as most of the city’s cultural institutions. The Universidad Iberoamericana campus is located in the Santa Fe area. It is the financial district of the city and in a perfect example of satellite sprawl, built on the site of a former landfill.
The Department of Architecture of the Universidad Iberoamericana has been ranked among the top 3 top architecture schools in Mexico for the last 5 years. In 2018, the University is celebrating its 75th anniversary. The school has been host to numerous international events, most recently the Holcim Forum, the Holcim Awards and the International Public Spaces Conference. The campus in Santa Fe, designed by one of the eminences grises of Mexican architecture, Francisco Serrano, is located in the business and residential district of Santa Fe to the southwest of the city center.
The Hilton Mexico City Reforma is located in the heart of Mexico City on a vibrant and popular park called the Alameda Central which has been in use as a public space since pre-colonial times. Both hotel and park are adjacent to the Beaux Arts Palace of Fine Arts and within walking distance of the historic center of Mexico City, with access to many museums and historic monuments, including the Zocalo with the city's main cathedral, the Templo Mayor ruins of Tenochtitlan, and the National Palace among many others. The hotel is easily accessible via public transport and also within walking distance of several other hotels as well as numerous cafes and restaurants.Hilton Mexico City Reforma
Registrants are responsible for booking their rooms individually. Please refer to the hotel website for cancellation policies and other information.
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Please note that many of these are not within walking distance of the conference venues.
Santa Fe is not well connected to the rest of the city via public transport. The most direct option is via secure taxi (taxi stand) or Uber. For events related to the ACADIA 2018 conference, transportation will be provided from the city center to the University.
The University City can be reached via Line 1 of the MetroBus and Line 3 of the Metro. For events related to the ACADIA 2018 conference workshops, transportation will be provided from the city center to the University.Radisson Paraiso Hotel Mexico City
Mexico City serves as the World Design Capital for 2018. There are numerous associated events scheduled throughout the year: http://wdccdmx2018.com/index_en.html
The airport is serviced by public transportation. The METROBUS Line 4 stops at both terminals of the airport and makes a loop through the historic center. The cost is $30 pesos (paid with a metrocard that can be purchased with change at machines located in the stations). Additionally, the metro (subway) station is a short walk from Terminal 1 of the airport. Line 1 (the pink line) passes directly through the center of the historic district. The cost is $5 pesos per fare; tickets can be purchased at booths in each station. Official Taxis have stands within the airport terminal. Tickets can be purchased with a credit or debit card (as well as cash); prices vary based on the destination (about $250 pesos). Uber is another option but connecting with the driver at the airport terminal can sometimes be complicated due to the volume of people and traffic.
Outside of the airport, it is generally not recommended to hail taxis on the street. Ask around for the nearest secure taxi stand.
Mexico City is pretty tourist-friendly, but as in any unfamiliar city or destination, it is important to be aware of one's surroundings at all times, especially in crowded areas like the subway or certain streets in the city center.
Gallo, Ruben ed., The Mexico City Reader, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2004.
Hernandez, Daniel, Down and Delirious in Mexico City: The Aztec Metropolis in the Twenty-First Century, New York: Scribner, 2011.