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Las Vegas Neo - Baroque in Mexico City

A provocative essay, about the ludic decomposition of the environment built in Mexico City, a paradigmatic megalopolis of the beginning of the 21st century. The author outlines the neo-baroque character of this megacity, where the visual spectacle and excessive vulgarity of everyday architectural design conceal the irrepressible processes of self-destruction and erosion of an urban culture with important historical roots.

Throughout the book unexpected and even creative facets of the ludic process of cultural self-destruction arise; facets that suggest a different reading of the current urban image. The reading aims to stimulate controversial debates on cultural models, aesthetic conditions and ecological problems of the globalized megacities in their neo-baroque determination.

The text is accompanied by a series of revealing photographs taken by Onnis Luque, a young and talented photographer born in Mexico City.

The book addresses not only specialized readers but the general public interested in the human condition of the habitat and its future.