Landscape of Faith is a documentation of the way architecture can increase the identity of a pilgrimage route and add layers of meaning that reach far beyond the religious. The book presents sculptural and infrastructural interventions – in constant dialogue with the landscape –, which are spread along a pilgrimage route in central-western Mexico. It takes the reader on a journey along the route and lets them experience the act of devotion, faith and gratitude.
Every year close to three million people trek from Ameca to Talpa de Allende to visit the site where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared. La Ruta del Peregrino stretches a distance of 117 kilometers through the vast and imposing mountain range of Jalisco. In 2008 nine architectural studios were invited to improve the route’s infrastructure by creating areas for people to rest and reflect. Each introduced landmark sparks a dialogue about sustainability and austerity, landscape and architecture.
All photographs are by Iwan Baan. The book features an essay on pilgrimage and architecture by Daniel Saldaña Paris. With projects by Ai Weiwei (FAKE Design), Luis Aldrete Arquitectos, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, Christ & Gantenbein, Dellekamp Arquitectos, Alejandro Aravena (Elemental), Godoylab, HHF Architects and Rozana Montiel (periférica).
Bilbao and Dellekamp developed the master plan for a series of interventions and invited eight
other design firms to participate.
Santa Fe New Mexican, August 2018
Edited by Tatiana Bilbao Estudio
With photographs by Iwan Baan
With contributions by Verónica Gerber Bicecci, Daniel Saldaña París
Design: Integral Lars Müller