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When modernist architect Luis Barragan and his friends began hiking in Mexico City's El Pedregal region, their bodies must have stumbled, twisted, and scratched on the hard, uneven, jagged, sharply-textured lava floor. In the early 1940s, it was an area untouched by urban development and had a colonial history to some extent -- because it was uninhabitable. Undeterred by this recreational abuse, however, Barragan envisioned a residential community -- an architectural project that aspired to combine urbanization and ecosystem conservation. Designed and built between 1947 and 1950, one of the earliest houses was the Casa Pedregal.
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