100 years of the Mexico City Building Code
Spatial Scale: Urban
Temporal Scale: 100 Years
The first Mexico City Building Code (MCBC) was enacted after one of the first deadly earthquakes after the end of the Mexican Revolution, and marks the institutionalization of construction regulation in the country. The numerous revisions of the MCBC suggests a pattern: they are drafted and published after a strong earthquake reveals previously unknown effects of seismicity upon structures, and are therefore attempts to address engineering and institutional failures to avoid future repetition. However, based on the survey of the force of desiccation, for the MCBC, Mexico City’s soil remains a static object to be controlled, rather than a fluid and dynamic agent. 
Below is a spreadsheet which provides an overview of the context, developments and how each revision succeeds–of fails–to address seismic vulnerability. The table is not meant to be comprehensive, but to highlight (in red) aspects present in the building codes as they relate to and describe aspects observed in AO286, which was built with the 1957 MCBC, and collapsed under the validity of the 2016 revision.
AO286's 6th Slab
Spatial Scale: Architectural Detail
Temporal Scale: ~20 years
Based upon the available information made public in other investigative reports, interviews with stakeholders who include journalists, people who participated in rescue efforts on the collapse site, structural engineers and experts in seismology, this investigative platform presents a recreation of AO286 to highlight effects of tectonics, desiccation and regulation on it. Since architectural documents, such as plans, are unavailable, these are reconstructed from limited source material, such as a single floor plan, testimony from witnesses, photographs from the collapse, and technical reports contained in the case file obtained through Freedom of Information Requests.
When AO286 collapsed, the evidence strongly suggests that it's 6th slab was originally its topmost roof slab, inferring that the 7th floor was added after its initial construction. Based on the following images, an architectural detail of the 6th slab is presented. It is worth noting its unusual thickness, it's double construction with middle insulation and slopes, most likely for rain drainage purposes.
This architectural detail provides a 1.00 x 2.00 m. representation of the AO286's 6th slab. It was reconstructed from a number of interviews with engineers and rescuers present at AO286's collapse. Through their situated testimony, the degree of AO286's non-compliance with the MCBC acquires a material and aesthetic register, which may be deployed as forensic evidence in court.
You may download the Mexico City Building Codes (MCBC) from 1921-2017 here.
Reconstructed architectural representation of AO286, redrawn from limited available architectural plans and a 3D BIM model, may be downloaded here.
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