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Colour and tradition: the portrayal of Mexican architecture in the American press

At the outset of the twentieth century, as Mexico emerged from a civil war,1 the definition of the essence of Mexican identity was a topic central to intellectual discourse. A revision of the discussions among architects during the decades following the war – the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s – reveals a perspective in which architecture was to play a double role, solving social demands while at the same time participating in the definition of Mexican identity.