Mexico City bursts with modern landmarks, breathtaking skyscrapers and ancient monuments, particularly impressive, there are eye-catching landmarks that dominate much of the skyline in Mexico City and offer awesome views of the cityscape and surrounding area.
Two pivotal periods mark modern Mexican history–the battle for independence from Spain from 1810 to 1821 and then, a century later in 1910, the decade-long Mexican Revolution. Monuments marking these events and the national heroes associated with them are found across the city.
In Mexico City the old and the new blend uniquely. The city was built over the ruins of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan it became the capital of New Spain. In the 21st century, the “City of Palaces” coexists with modern buildings and expressways. The city is the financial center of Latin America and virtually every foreign and domestic corporation has operations in the city, it is one of the most important cultural centers in the world boasting more buildings than any other city in teh country.
Every skyscraper in Mexico City is a monument to engineering. Mexico City is also built over a lake which creates a very unstable foundation for high-rise construction. Yet, Mexico City had its first 40-story skyscraper almost half a century ago when the Torre Lationoamericana, the tallest building in Latin America at the time, was built. Today, there are hundreds of skyscrapers challenging nature in Mexico City’s skyline.
Like any big city, Mexico City is a place full of nooks and byways where we can get into and discover a different story of the big ocean of lights that the city resembles. It is so vast that many times we have to observe from a broader perspective to let us to understand all that it is within its territory.
In an effort to fully cling to this city that contains us, the city has placed in strategic points, several spaces that allow us to abstract from everyday life and observe the beginning and end of the city.
Public squares in Mexico City are the setting where history, culture, development, progress or even the pitfalls of a society become visible. In this sense, public urban space and the public realm are useful indicators for understanding how mexican culture is coping with the new challenges posed by social and environmental trends of the 21st century city.
The affluent areas of Mexico City, public urban space reflects contemporary economic trends and capital dominance; on the other hand, traditional areas and lower income neighbourhoods reflect completely different logics and dynamics. Public squares are the evidence of the physical characteristics of the space, social interaction, political protests and all the appropriation practices that people carry out in city streets.