Traveling and experiencing spaces firsthand definitely helps one gain a better understanding and appreciation of architecture. In addition to the enriching experience of pursuing my graduate degree in Historic Preservation at Pratt Institute, being selected as a Docomomo US Mexico Study Grant fellow has developed in me an appreciation for the preservation of modern architecture. By the end of the trip, I was inspired to investigate the preservation challenges of modern architecture in India as the topic for my thesis.
As the plane flew over Mexico City, the aerial view of gave me the feeling the city was very similar to India. My feelings were confirmed on the first day as we explored the City's historic core. We were able to experience how locals use the space for pop-up markets and celebrate their rich heritage by performing various traditional dances.