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December 2017
DONIS UNVEILS A27
Already under construction, A27 will be a most luxurious tower in Arquímedes 27, Polanco México City; allocating a 275 m2 apartment per level with open views. The project will redefine residential architecture as natural frames, oblique spaces that abstract the morphology of an existing ash tree in its front.

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November 2017
LECTURE AT TEATRO CARLOS LAZO
Fernando Donis lectures at Carlos Lazo Theater, at the faculty of architecture of the national university of Mexico –UNAM.

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October 2017
GM PERSPECTIVE BEGINS CONSTRUCTION
By reinventing core, structure and façade we have created a 19,000m2 building with a new type of performance –efficient and sustainable-, office layout and space.

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July 2017
NATURE MURAL IS FINISHED
Part of our obsession with mural art, our second mural proposes an always green abstract forest in the middle of the main courtyard of a newly renovated building.

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July 2017
DUBAI FRAME TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF 2017
Dubai Frame ©, Designed and named by DONIS to be completed by the end of 2017. First prize winning project among 926 international proposals for the design of the new landmark of Dubai (Photo by Hendry Soetardjo Nanuru)

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June 2017
LONDRES PRESERVATION IS ALMOST COMPLETE
Located at Londres 123 in Mexico City, the project preserves and renovates an important modern building.

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2017
DONIS TO DEVELOP A TRIANGULAR TOWER OF 40,000 m2
DONIS is working on a 40,000 m2 tower at Av. Insurgentes, the most important north-south axis of the metropolis. It integrates a new public plaza for the busy avenue.

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February 2017
DONIS TO BUILD A HOTEL IN CABO MEXICO
The new Steps Hotel will include 82 rooms, restaurant, terrace, 25m pool, shops. A stepped structure adapting to the site generates sun terraces for all rooms.

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January 2016
TECNOPARQUE MURAL IS FINISHED
Part of the art Objects of the office, our first mural is an abstraction of an aerial view of the Tecnoparque complex. Covered in reflecting golden leaf, the mural will bring light and life into the lobby of the central building of the campus.

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December 2015
CENTRAL HARINERA TO BE RECLAIMED IN 2016
We have been working on the development of the conversion of a flour factory into a living complex that will include a diversity of 113 apartments within the existing concrete silos of the former plant. Preservation, reforestation and recycling are the main operations we project for the compound; strategies for a foreseeable sustainable city.

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November 2015
NEWTON 127 IS FINISHED
A seven level apartment building in Polanco, Mexico city, including six 200 m2 luxurious apartments is completed, and all sold immediately!

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June 2015
TECNOPARQUE INFINITY IS COMPLETED
The project refurbishes the central building of Tecnoparque, an office campus for ten thousand people north of Mexico City. Mirror walls facing each other dematerialize the space, multiplying new pieces of designed furniture as well as bringing the surrounding landscape into the offices.

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April 2015
A NEW GREEN ARCHIPELAGO BY DONIS, A THEORY AND PROJECT FOR MEXICO CITY IS PUBLISHED IN ARQUINE 71
The project aims to reverse Mexico city´s development, towards densification together with the creation of green ¨islands¨ amidst the lagoon of ¨urbanization¨.

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January 2015
¨EL MUNDO EN LAS MANOS, CREADORES MEXICANOS EN EL EXTRANJERO¨ IS PUBLISHED.
Including the work of Mexicans operating abroad, the book is published by the Foreign Affairs Department of Mexico – Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores.

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January 2015
FERNANDO DONIS IS SELECTED AS ONE OF THE LEADING CREATIVE MEXICANS LIVING ABROAD
The selection made by the Foreign Affairs Department of Mexico – Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores- is published in the book ¨El mundo en las manos, Creadores Mexicanos en el extranjero¨.

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June 2014
THE PHD THESIS ¨FRAME¨ IS AT TUDELFT LIBRARY.
The book details the theory and research behind the architecture of the frame, instrumental in the current practice of DONIS.

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June 2014
FERNANDO DONIS COMPLETES PHD IN ARCHITECTURE AT TUDELFT UNIVERSITY
The thesis and coming book ¨Frame¨ is part of the PhD program The City as a Project.
It is a research on the urban history of Mexico City in five chapters, where the architecture of the frame offers a possibility to reread and project the Metropolis.

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January 2014
THE BOOK ¨THE CITY AS A PROJECT¨ IS PUBLISHED
Edited by Pier Vittorio Aureli, head of the PhD Program, the book compiles essays from each of the researchers. Fernando Donis published an essay on Teotihuacan, the first metropolis of the Americas, included in his thesis ¨Frame¨. The book is wrapped by a key image on this essay, the René Million Teotihuacan Map.

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June 2013
THE GLOBAL POLIS BY DONIS ON THE COVER OF ARCH+
The project aims to form a World Framework to share resources and energy; a physical grid for living, accommodating the 2 extra billion people that will exist by 2043.

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January 2013
DONIS WINS SECOND PRIZE IN ARQUINE´S 15TH INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
Proposing a new density for Mexico City, upgrading Mario Pani´s thinking to our time, our MMM project –Modern Monuments for the Masses- won second prize in the international competition “Inhabiting the XXI century: social housing since the modern paradigm.”

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January 2013
FERNANDO DONIS TO TEACH AT IBERO UNIVERSITY IN MEXICO
As a pilot program to rethink the program or the final year of architectural education at the university, the studio aims to integrate a semester of research on the modernity of Mexico with a second semester of a large scale project in Mexico City.

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October 2010
BUSAN DEURBANIZATION WINS PRIZE IN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
We propose a process that reverts Manhattanism. We call it Deurbanization, where the new development of Gadeokdo Island in Busan is defined within a precise urban frame to respect the rest of land with nature.

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March 2011
CNN EXPANSION SELECTS FERNANDO DONIS AS ONE OF THE 30 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN THEIR THIRTIES IN MEXICO
Selected among all Mexicans of all disciplines, thirty young Mexicans were selected as they are currently changing their own disciplines and the future of Mexico.

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June 2010
ROTTE VILLA IS COMPLETED
Our first residence in the Netherlands, the villa aims to rediscover the architecture of the frame. Rather than complying to the postmodern remakes of barn-like villas in the area, it stands out by simply framing the authentic older architecture of the site, creating a symbiosis.

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May 2010
DONIS WINS FIRST PRIZE WITH LONDON GATE
Reinventing the old Ale-Gate (¨Open to all¨, Aldgate) entrance to old London, we stretch it to its minimum to form a thin frame of 100 x 12 meters that would become one of the landmarks of the 2012 Olympics and the city of London.

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September 2009
HOBOKEN EXHIBITION BY DONIS IS PRESENTED AT THE 4TH ROTTERDAM BIENNALE
Commissioned by the city of Rotterdam, the exhibit consists of a moon-like plaster model as canvas to project a video. Akin to the collaborative process that defines the future of that central part of Rotterdam, the exhibit portrays an urban canvas open to the collaboration of the public speaking within.

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July 2009
GUADALAJARA AMPHITHEATER SELECTED AS ONE OF THE FIVE NATIONAL FINALISTS
Conceived with a large public amphitheater extension of its interior, this project for a performing arts center is selected as one of the finalists in a national anonymous competition in Mexico.

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May 2009
THE DUBAI FRAME IS PUBLISHED IN REFORMA
The Dubai Frame by DONIS appears in the cultural section of Reforma, one of the most important newspapers in Mexico. The article celebrates the winning entry of the Dubai Frame project among 926 proposals.

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May 2009
DUBAI FRAME WINS FIRST PRIZE AMONG 926 INTERNATIONAL PROPOSALS
The Dubai Frame© will become one of the three most important landmarks of Dubai. As Dubai is a city full of emblems, rather than building another one, the Dubai Frame© will frame them all. It will frame the city.

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December 2008
PARIS REFLECTION WINS FIRST PRIZE IN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
Our proposal for the New Courthouse in Paris wins first prize in an international competition. An elevated horizontal slab with a reflecting underside mirrors the new public greenery liberated by a frame of housing vertical slabs.

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2008
DONIS IS FOUNDED
After eight years collaborating with OMA/Rem Koolhaas, DONIS jumps into the void establishing offices in the Netherlands and Mexico, in parallel to undertaking PhD studies at TUDelft.

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2002
FERNANDO DONIS DESIGNS THE CCTV HEADQUARTERS TOWER FOR OMA/REM KOOLHAAS
Part of the manifold projects in which Fernando Donis collaborated for OMA for eight years, the iconic building was selected as the most important high-rise of 2013. Other important projects that Fernando led at OMA include the Dubai Renaissance, the Dubai Porsche Towers, The new Jeddah International Airport, among many more including several master plans.

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September 1996
FERNANDO DONIS WINS THE NATIONAL PANI PRIZE OF ARCHITECTURE
A national competition among all schools of architecture in Mexico, the project proposed a new relationship of landscape and architecture, and organic with rational forms.