Future 50: AT 103 01.08.13

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Icon asked a dozen experts and practitioners to nominate the people they think are, in some way, shaping the future. The resulting list of global talent is a snapshot that shows how young designers and architects are pushing the boundaries of their disciplines and trying to change the world

AT103 was founded in New York by Francisco Pardo and Julio Amezcua in 2001, but moved to Mexico City two years later. The duo wanted to lead a multidisciplinary group "with the clear intention to investigate and create new techniques for architecture in the contemporary city." In their work they combine advanced computer technology with simple handicraft to achieve what they call "low tech - high resolution effects". Their completed projects range from art pieces to urban schemes, and they have received multiple awards for their Ave Fenix Fire Station and Lisboa 7 apartment building, both in Mexico City. They are currently planning social housing strategies for Infonavit (The Mexican federal institute for worker's housing) and working on the rehabilitation of Mexico City's Metro system. "The Architect has to be proactive," they say. "Today banks and political decisions control cities, but now architecture has to have the strategies to build the cities of the future".

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