Typ09: the venues

2009-09-09: NEW! A map of important conference venues, interesting locations and nearby hotels is now available on Google Maps.

The three days of main programming take place at MIDE in the historic center of Mexico City.

The principal conference program is presented in the Museo Interactivo de Economía (MIDE), located in the historic Convent of Betlemitas, a massive eighteenth-century building that has been handsomely renovated and outfitted for the twenty-first century. One of the earliest and finest interactive museums in Mexico, MIDE has impressive multimedia capabilities, including a 16-screen computer-controlled projection system in the main courtyard.

Museo Interactivo de Economía (MIDE)
Antiguo Convento de Betlemitas
Tacuba 17, esq. Bolívar, Centro Histórico
CP 06000 Delegación Cuauhtémoc, Distrito Federal
Mexico City, Mexico

Phones: (55) 5130 4600, 5130 4616
Geo coordinates: 19° 26′ 7″ N, 99° 8′ 17″ W (19.435514,-99.138238)

The main conference venue is located right the heart of the historic center of Mexico City. The National Museum of Art, Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL) is just one block Northeast of the venue. Just two blocks East of the venue, you’ll find the beautiful Palacio de Bellas Artes opera house and the Alameda Central park. Four blocks to the West and two to the South, and you’ll find yourself on the famous Zócalo square (officially known as Plaza de la Constitución). The closest subway stations are Allende and Bellas Artes (Line 2).

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Two days of workshops are held on the campus of the School of Design, Anáhuac University.

The School of Design of Anáhuac University was founded 35 years ago and offers both graphic arts and industrial design programs. The university is located west of Mexico City on a spacious, tree-filled campus. It is making its auditoriums and exhibit space, workshop rooms, computer labs, and classrooms available for multiple tracks of hands-on workshops and technical presentations in the latter two days of the conference.

Public exhibits and events are hosted at some of the most beautiful and historic buildings in the Centro Histórico, and at the University. A dozen or more exhibitions are to be presented in a variety of museums and cultural institutions in the Centro Histórico and at Anáhuac University. Conference organizers are still negotiating the details, but the expected venues include:

Museo Nacional del la Estampa – Housed in a reconstructed sixteenth-century mansion near the Alameda, the museum displays contemporary and antique prints and historical print-making equipment. Its collection includes important satirical prints by José Guadalupe Posada and Manuel Manilla, and provides a perspective on print-making from pre-Colonial times to the present day.

Museo Mural Diego Rivera – This small modern museum at the southwest corner of the Alameda Central houses the Diego Rivera mural Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central, depicting elements of Mexican history in a dreamlike scene in the park. The mural was rescued from the ruins of the Hotel del Prado after the 1985 earthquake.

Museo de la Ciudad de México – This restored eighteenth-century, high-baroque mansion near the Zócalo hosts a panoply of art exhibits, concerts, and cultural events in addition to its permanent displays of images of the city.

Museo Franz Mayer – An elegant 17th century hospital and cloister on the north side of the Alameda, restored to display a fine collection of antique Mexican furniture, ceramics, textiles, and religious articles, a remarkable library, and a small collection of European Renaissance art. It also welcomes temporary exhibitions, and provides a lovely setting for them.

Museo de Arte Popular – MAP is a delightful museum of colorful and expressive popular art from all over Mexico, including the work of master folk artists, both current and historic, displayed in a cheery renovated Art Deco building.

MUMEDI – Mexican Museum of Design, the country’s first specialized museum of design, exists to support and promote the work of new Mexican designers and established artists. It is housed in a colonial-period building built on top of the palace of the Spanish conqueror Hernán Cortés, and its foundations comprised part of the pyramid of the Aztec emperor Huehue Monteczuma Ilhuicamina.

Anáhuac University – Typ09 has use of a dedicated exhibition space in the School of Design at the spacious campus of this private university.

The official conference hotels are located on or near the Alameda Central in the Centro Histórico.

The principal convention hotel is the Sheraton Centro Histórico, a stylish contemporary hotel that offers elegant rooms and suites with world-class technological amenities and a business center with meeting and teleconferencing rooms. There is no programming scheduled at the hotel, but its business facilities, restaurants, and bar offer convenient spots for business discussions, entertainment, and socializing.

In addition to the Sheraton, we have made arrangements with several other hotels in the Centro Histórico, which also offer members of the convention comfortable and attractive accommodations at preferred rates.

Main MIDE photo: © Luis Alberto