On my second day in Mexico City I got more adventurous and took the metro out to the university, which has a campus so massive that a fleet of free minibuses runs around it on eight or ten different routes, some taking in the metro station. Not having done a ton of homework I headed for the main central area and wandered around.
Built between 1949 and ’52, this is listed as a world heritage site for its modernist design “integrating urbanism, architecture, engineering, landscape design and fine arts”. It did have an interesting layout, with the faculty buildings on the perimeter of a central grassed and partly wooded area with the road around the edge beyond the buildings.
What I liked most were the huge mosaic murals on the sides of some buildings – this one using an Aztec style to illustrate the Ptolomaic and Copernican solar systems.
Tall modern concrete university buildings do not however get me very excited – I studied in them at Bath and worked next to Imperial College for 25 years. Indeed so underwhelmed was I that I am still wondering if I was in the right place. So for now, there is no Lego model.
I can report though that the Anthropological Museum, which I visited in the afternoon, is terrific, despite lacking a cafe.