From Mexico to Canada.


Mexico City

Initially designed as a striking pavilion for people to explore and enjoy as part of Mexico City’s Mextrópoli City Architecture Festival in March 2017, this collaborative project highlights the liberal enjoyment of public space in an urban environment and uses the building block of the bucket to do so.

The original intent of the buckets was based on a highly local situation – in Mexico City, 45 million daily commuters navigate complex road networks, frequent traffic jams, public protests and parking shortages. The street, prime public space, is the setting for all such friction. There, “viene viene” — entrepreneurs who function outside of government oversight — bribe the local police, use common painter’s buckets to claim a piece of the street and charge hopeful drivers looking for a parking spot with an additional fee in exchange for access to their illegal stall. Each viene viene can control one or several city blocks with their buckets, and will threaten anyone who parks without agreeing to pay them. The Pavilion was inspired by this hijacking of public [parking] space and used common painter’s buckets as the building block for an interactive pavilion. Connecting the buckets via a grid of ropes, the installation is a malleable ‘surface’ that the public is encouraged to freely explore. The surface functions like a giant carpet; people can sit run, play, stand, lounge and participate in the act of taking over the public realm. 

Received with great enthusiasm by visitors, these strong local origins of the bucket have been reinterpreted by the design team in a new project for the Winnipeg Design Festival and Nuit Blanche/Culture Days.


The latest iteration of One Bucket at a Time is a unique design, formed by two giant waves of buckets, and most importantly, holds a second wave of impact.

Visitors to the installation can donate to fill each bucket of the project for only $20. The buckets will leave Winnipeg filled with Canadian generosity, with proceeds to be given to Ayuda y Solidaridad con las Niñas de la Calle, a Mexican orphanage for at-risk girls and young women located in Mexico City.

You can visit One Bucket at a Time at The Fork’s Esplanade Riel Landing for the Winnipeg Design Festival [September 13-16], Culture Days [September 29-October 1] and Nuit Blanche [Saturday, September 30].

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One Bucket at a Time - Winnipeg Mexican/Canadian Design Team members have begun installing the project, which will open on Wednesday September 13th with the Winnipeg Design Festival.