Alumnos 1

Photos by Productora

Photos by Productora

Alumnos 1
Mexico City, Mexico

Museum/Cultural Institution

Designed by Productora, an architecture practice in Mexico City, this mobile art library brought arts and literacy institution Alumnos47 deep into neighborhoods whose residents would otherwise never visit the Alumnos hub in the center of the city. The bus houses up to 1500 books at a time and is used actively for educational projects and events around Mexico City.

“David van der Leer advised us for almost five years while we were conceptualizing a new foundation focused on art and literacy in Mexico City. David took me to far flung places around the world and taught me about the value of design. He created a selection process that connected us to fantastic designers, but, more importantly, his creative insight helped us shape our programs. For instance, he suggested that we create a library bus connecting us to underserved communities around the city. I would work with him and his new agency again in a heartbeat.”  –Moises Coscio, founder, Alumnos

Cultural Forecasting

  • – Intuitive assessments of cultural and institutional context
  • – Horizon scans with qualitative and quantitative research and context interpretation
  • – Future scenarios and impact assessment

Institutional and Program Strategies

  • – Vision and mission strategy
  • – Content concepts and implementation
  • – Peer/competitive analysis


Design Processes Development

– Space program development
– Design brief development Concept development