Piedra Volcánica, focuses on the natural element of volcanic rock as a recurring element of Mexican identity, present throughout the mythology and architectural history of Mexico City, from the ancient Pyramids and Colonial churches, to modernist and contemporary structures. The project emerged from my ongoing interest in questioning the notion of identity as it is reflected consciously or unconsciously in the architecture of Latin American cities. The superposition of different historical and cultural events is reflected in the development of hybrid societies that persistently struggle to define their own identity. Within them, there is a constant tension that oscillates between alien or foreign ideals of modernization and an increasingly fragile link to an elusive past that manifests itself in the architectural imprint of their cities.