How Mexico City’s Design Scene Is Separating Itself From the Pack

“Centro Histórico is layered with history,” says Carlos Matos of the Mexico City (CDMX) district where he and Lucas Cantú live and work. Together they make up Tezontle, a multidisciplinary practice named after the indigenous volcanic rock used for construction since the Aztec era. He means “layered” quite literally. The neighborhood in the city center—home to pre-Columbian restaurants, buildings of nearly every architectural style, and a dense network of hardware stores (“It’s like a big factory where we can source materials and get special things made”)—is actually built upon the ruins of Tenochtitlán, the ancient capital of the Aztec empire, invaded by Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés in 1519. That architectural patchwork serves up endless inspiration for the studio’s totem-like concrete sculptures and furnishings, which meld pre-Columbian aesthetics with contemporary material culture. As Matos, who grew up in CDMX, explains, “We see Mexico City as an archeological site that is still

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Cadillac Lyriq Electric Crossover Will Kick off the Brand’s EV Era

From Autoweek

Months after announcing the name of its first electric crossover and days after trademarking a few more similar names, Cadillac is giving the world a look at a show car that will go into production in the near future. Dubbed the Lyriq, it will be a battery-electric luxury crossover that will push the brand into a new era, the automaker hopes, one defined by zero-emissions luxury and bold design.

First announced in early March of this year the brand’s first true EV will be based on General Motors’ upcoming modular electric platform. The automaker’s Ultium propulsion system, which made news earlier this year and has been the subject of conversation, will provide the power and a range for this model that Cadillac says will exceed 300 miles on a full charge, and will be capable of DC fast-charging rates of over 150 KW. Set to be

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2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Interior Spied Looking Very Premium

There’s a strong dose of Mercedes S-Class in those screens.

The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee will get a very modern interior design if recent spy photos are to be believed. Our source was able to get close enough to the heavily camouflaged test mule to snap a pretty clear photo of the cockpit of Jeep’s upcoming midsize SUV, and there’s lots of technology on display.

Most obviously, there’s a massive, slanted touchscreen mounted high on the dash. Mounted horizontally and not vertically, the screen looks like it’s at least 12 inches across. It also appears to take some inspiration from the upcoming Mercedes-Benz S-Class, though we’re sure the resemblance is coincidental since the companies are no longer linked in any way. The high, wide touchscreen should be easier to use with less distraction than FCA’s  Uconnect 12 offering, the mostly excellent 12.0-inch vertical screen found in some versions

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2020 Ford Escape Interior Driveway Test

Ford’s compact crossover entry has been cleaved in two. While the last Ford Escape was a crossover SUV with sporty handling inherited from the Focus compact car it was mechanically based upon, the new one leans much harder into its car lineage and is pretty much an enlarged next-generation Focus (you know, the one they don’t sell here). It’s lower, lighter and more carlike in appearance, as well as in the way it drives. If you want your crossover to be more like an SUV, well, the new Bronco Sport leans hard in that direction. 

Inside, you can tell the two share a common architecture by looking at the center stack and console: they’re identical from the climate controls to the armrest bin. Everything else is softer and more organic in appearance in the Escape, echoing the exterior and general car-like ethos. 

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