A community center in Mexico City designed as part of the PILARES (Points of Innovation, Freedom, Art, Education, and Knowledge) initiative brings educational and recreational programming to underserved neighborhoods in the country’s most populated city. New York–based WORKac and Mexican architecture firm Ignacio Urquiza Arquitectos (IUA) collaborated on the design for two of the community centers in the Lomas de Becerra and Azcapotzalco neighborhoods that join the 250 other PILARES locations across the city.
PILARES kicked off in 2018 and was rethought in early 2020 when it began commissioning architects to design the community centers instead of contractors, as had been the precedent. Helping
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