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 Ant Walk in Mexico
City is a covered walkway
by Ketan Membranas
Arquitectónicas, intended
to be analogous of the
form of organization and
work dynamics that ants
use to provide themselves
with resources. Photo:
Ketan Membranas
Arquitectónicas.

Shade around
the world
Wherever the sun shines, people
need shade. These recent canopy
projects from around the world
fulfill that mission with inspired
design and expert execution.

by Jeff Moravec

C

USTOM CANOPY PROJECTS CAN PRESENT UNIQUE
challenges to their creators, but that's a reason many designers,
fabricators and installers enjoy them. These projects give them
a chance to flex their creative muscles while solving problems.
Here are three examples of recent canopy projects from locations
around the world that offered their creators an opportunity to shine.

Mexico City: Industrious inspiration
Completed in 2020, " Ant Walk, " a shade structure in the
Azcapotzalco municipality of Mexico City, provides a space
where the community can carry out commercial and recreational
activities. Designed by the Mexican company Ketan Membranas
Arquitectónicas, the canopy illustrates that inspiration can begin
with unusual sources.
" The concept of this project came from a visit to the park with
my daughter, where I saw groups of ants carrying leaves, " says
Miriam Vargas, CEO of Ketan Membranas Arquitectónicas. " That
led me to imagine the merchants as a large community that works
together and fights for its objectives, taking care of each other. "
Starting with the analogy of how ant colonies are organized and
the work dynamics that these insects use to provide themselves with
resources, a team of architects, engineers and technicians assumed

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