Meet the Architectural Genius Who Is Redefining Avant-Garde

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Over the past several years Mexico has emerged as a hotbed for a "new generation of architects whose extraordinary vision and productivity has positioned the country among the most creative design cultures of the world"—and Fernando Romero is its poster boy. 

The quote comes from Fernando Romero EnterprisE: Architecture, an impressive new book about the architect who is redefining avant-garde, published by Rizzoli and now available for order on Amazon.

Since 2000 Romero has "designed and created a number of projects which represent a new vision of both Mexican and world architecture," Rizzoli notes, with an approach that is both "innovative and an inspirational tool for empowering future generations." And beyond buildings he has also designed everything from a tequila bottle to a superyacht, applying the same forward-thinking principles.

"Romero belongs to the generation of architects born in the 1970s that matured after the attractions of both modernism and postmodernism had faded," writes Deyan Sudjic, former director of the Design Museum in London, in the book's foreword, describing Romero as "uncategorizable." Romero also happens to be the son-in-law of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, which in itself allows him much leeway for expression.

"He has built on the largest of scales, but he is just as fascinated by the idea of all the other things that an architect might be able to do, other than build," Sudjic notes. Over the years Romero has worked with world-famous architects including Rem Koolhaas, Jean Nouvel, and Lord Norman Foster.

Romero works in all locales, from urban centers to the desert. "The location is what drives [his] creative work, while the practice strives to investigate the dynamic forces of each site and client.... Romero's perspective shifts between different focuses of references, and [he] reimagines them in new symbolic visions of the world, from monuments to colors, from natural elements to animals," Sudjic writes.

The book is filled with images including renderings, photographs, diagrams, plans, and drawings. While it is apparent that most of Romero's best work has yet to be built, it is obvious that his vision represents "the utopian dream of a world that might be," Sudjic notes.