Arquine Competition No.23 | Meeting point | MEXTRÓPOLI 2021


Administrative bases

1.    Introduction

Arquine summons to project the meeting point in the public space, where keeping a safe distance, we will meet.

In uncertain times, we ask ourselves what to do in the public space during MEXTRÓPOLI 2021. For the past five years, the Arquine Competition has called for the design and construction of a pavilion that, temporarily inserted in the city, would allow the interaction between architecture and the citizenship.

We know that the pandemic has changed and will continue to change how we live, but to what extent?

After twenty-two years summoning specific ideas and proposals, Arquine invites you to speculate on new ways of using the public space, focused on the design of a meeting point where proximity and encounter are the mail characteristics.

A device, a prototype, an installation or artifact must be proposed to encourage people to meet and build trust in celebrating the city in community. The proposal must be replicable, scalable, accessible, inclusive, with the possibility of adaptation to diverse context, low cost and fast execution. It can be a closed or roofed space, or you can also think about open, flexible or dispersed proposals.

We want to invite you to think about the possibility of humanizing our cities, of reinventing the use of the urban environment in a creative, versatile and economical way. A meeting point that, when built as part of MEXTRÓPOLI 2021, will allow us to meet again.


2.    Legal regime of the contest

This contest with jury intervention is open and anonymous, in one phase and will follow the provisions of the administrative and technical rules. From the moment of registration, contestants agree to accept in its entirety and without appeal the regulations, techniques and procedures established in the administrative and the technical rules.


3.    Contest organization

The Arquine Competition No.23, MEXTRÓPOLI 2021 Pavilion is organized by Arquine, who will be responsible for organizing the development of the contest, the administrative and technical information, give answer to the participants FAQs, keeping the minutes of the plenary meeting as well as all actions for the proper conduct of this contest.

All correspondence relating to this contest will be sent to the email address:


4.    Objective

  • Design universal proposals for the reactivation and the use of public space in a temporary and collective way.

5.    Contestants

The invitation is open to architects and architecture students all over the world. Teams, collective and individual participants are welcome. The groups may incorporate professionals or students from other disciplines. We recommend having an architect or architecture student in the team.

It is not necessary to have some record of the professional association of the country of origin to participate.

Each entrant or team may submit only one proposal.

In any case the team member may be part of another.

They may not participate:

  • Members of the Jury of this contest, or members of Arquine nor MEXTRÓPOLI.
  • People with ties of kinship with members of the Jury, spouses or persons associated with affective similar relationship of cohabitation or affinity, or those with stable professional relationships.


6.    Information and consultation

Participants may send their questions to the address with the same email used to confirm the registration. Complete answers and clarifications will be made through the contest website and all contestants will have access. The list of questions and answers, along with the complete rules will be provided to the jury. The list of questions will be published on the website of Arquine on the date indicated on the calendar.


6.1.  Registration

To make your registration effective, you must provide a fee that will be given in two stages of registration:

  • First stage of registration

From August 17th, 2020 to January 4th, 2021

$1,250 MXN Peso or $60 US Dollar (International registration)


Contestants will confirm their registration by the payment of the fee (only one payment). The amount depends on the stage of registration. There is no additional cost to the registration, since the entire process of participation and submission of proposals will be through the Internet.


7.    Methods for the contribution

To formalize the registration to the competition is necessary to make the payment (one payment) by means of a credit or debit card, via Paypal, Mercado Pago or another online payment system:


Wire transfer (only in Mexico)

Introducing the bank account information:


Bank: BBVA Bancomer

Clave: 012180 001443769433

Referenced deposit (only in Mexico):

Paying in any bank:


Bank: BBVA Bancomer

Account: 0144376943

Payment by credit or debit card here / Paypal (USD)

Once the contribution is made, the contestant must write an email sending an image of the deposit receipt or bank transfer. Later, the contestant will receive the registration key with which can create a user and access the system. The cost of the fee is per team and not per participant.

8.    Confirmation

Remember that you have to send the receipt to so you can get the confirmation with the user name and password to access the system (within a maximum period of 72 hours).

When accessing the system, you must edit and complete the data of your team and download all the complementary information that is provided for the development of the proposal. The electronic mail with which the registration is made must be of the person that appears as representative; this will be the only interlocutor throughout the development of the contest.


9.    Anonymity

The work will be presented under the code generated by the system in the registration process, this should be placed in the upper right box of the sheet and identify the file only with this code [ARQ-23C-XXXX]. All the proposals submitted after the deadline or those that violate the requirement of anonymity, will be automatically excluded.


10.        Documentation needed

A digital image with the entirety of the project. The board must contain all the necessary information to explain and understand the proposal. It is essential that the submitted image contains, at least, the following:

  • Diagrams, views, sketches, renderings, or any other form of visual representation that will help explain the project. General plans and layouts of the project, including floor plans and sections, adequately scaled to ensure the comprehension of the plans.
  • If you design a physical proposal, constructive details that are considered essential to explain the project.
  • A 250 word-long (max) descriptive text. Any text or description can only be delivered in either Spanish or English.

The image or board must comply with the following format: rectangular in shape, 90cm long and 60cm high (horizontal display), 72 dpi, and only .JPG will be accepted. The file must be no larger than 5MB in order to facilitate uploads and downloads.

Remember that the file name must be the same as the user code you will be given upon registration [ARQ-23C-XXXX]. Other formats won’t be accepted, and only the projects uploaded on time will be on the contest.



The Jury members are the key to a good contest. Their experience and the method for evaluation are the best guarantee to ensure transparency. A record containing the reasoned opinion that substantiates the choice of the winning projects will be developed.

To this end, the jury will the reasons why they consider that the winning proposal is worthy of that rating and present a comparison with the proposals that occupy the 2nd and 3rd prize.

The jury may choose a winner that doesn’t follow the basis but has a solution that they consider superior.

Documents or comments generated at the plenary session of the jury will be published in the Arquine media.


12.Members of the jury

Raúl Cárdenas Osuna | Tijuana

Santiago Cirujeda | Sevilla

Wonne Ickx | New York

María Verónica Machado | Barranquilla

Isabel Martínez Abascal | Mexico City


13.Jury functions

The jury will freely and autonomously select one proposal among all the projects delivered, which complies with the rules and guidelines established by these bases.

The jury may exclude the works for the following reasons:

  • Delivery outside or without complying with the provisions of the basis period.
  • Breach of anonymity, either because they revealed authorship by any means, either by presenting identification graphic elements of the identity of the author of the proposal.
  • Any attempt at communication or pressure the members of the jury, duly accredited.


14.Procedure for failure

The jury will meet in a plenary session to evaluate the proposals and discuss to issue the verdict.

Prior to any consideration, they will proceed to the approval of the admission or rejection of proposals. The jury agreed a selection procedure according to the quantity and quality of the proposals. In case of a tie, there will be a new discussion.

The competition results will be published on the website of Arquine the day indicated on the calendar of these bases.

All records and documents derived from the procedure for the decision are the property of Arquine. The jury is forced to choose a winner. Explanatory graphic documents of the prize-winning proposals, as well as the names of all contestants who have not requested anonymity will be disseminated through different Arquine media.



a.        First Place:

  • Construction of the winner proposal
  • $100,000.00 Mexican pesos.
  • MEXTROPASE VIP for the team members (2**) and pack of books from Arquine.

b.        Second Place:

  • $50,000.00 Mexican pesos.
  • MEXTROPASE VIP for the team members (2**) and pack of books from Arquine.

c.        Third Place:

  • $25,000.00 Mexican pesos.
  • MEXTROPASE VIP for the team members (2**) and pack of books from Arquine.

d.        Mentions:

The Jury can choose as many Mention projects as they consider.

  • Pack of books from Arquine

*The winning team will have to follow the progress of the work, providing Arquine the plans of the executive project for the development of the winning proposal and following up on its construction, through the channels agreed with the team Arquine.



August 3rd 2020                                                        Competition launch

August 17th 2020                                                       Registration begins

October 7th 2020                                                       Jury announcement

End of FAQ period

October 26th 2020                                                     FAQ Publication

January 25th 2021                                                    End of registration process

January 29th, 2021                                                      Proposal upload deadline (till 23:59h Mexico City time)

February 8th 2021                                                      Jury’s verdict

February 15th 2021                                                    Results announcement

February 22th 2021                                                    Interview with first place winners in La Hora Arquine

– March Activation of the first-place winning project *
The winning and selected projects will be published in Arquine magazine No.95 and those responsible for the winning proposal will be interviewed.

* Date subject to change according to the conditions due to the pandemic situation.



It is expressly stated that the proposals may be reproduced for diffusion by the contest organizers for any other purpose than the promotion.

Contestants that choose not to authorize the exhibition of his proposals (if they are not on the winning list) must expressly indicate it.


18.Intellectual Property Rights

Contestants retain the intellectual property of the works presented, but will yield to the contest organizers exhibition rights, reproduction and publication and other corresponding to the object of the competition, who are obliged to spread the name of the author in each publication, exhibition or activity in which the proposal is incorporated. Also, the authors undertake to refer to the convener’s bodies of the contest in any subsequent publication in which your proposal appears. The submitted proposals may not be used for the development of projects by architects, engineers or technicians to different respective authors. The papers presented can be developed only within the framework of MEXTRÓPOLI 2021. In any case, remain in anonymity those not winning contestants who had applied. In case of publishing the built project, in other media, it should be mentioned that it arises from the Arquine No.23 Competition and carried out within the framework of MEXTRÓPOLI2021.