The challenge was a complex one: to re-conquer a once healthy space now invaded by violence. The FARO (Fabrica de Artes y Oficios) came to live on June 24, 2000, in one of the most impressive events organized by the newly elected government of Mexico City. It opened it’s doors within an urban framework totally apart from the traditional cultural corridor that covers the area from the Historic Center all the way to University City.

This great ship resembles a vessel lingering on the banks of what once was the Lake of Texcoco. The ship summoned the first crew members. Their ideas, the ideas of many (such as occurs in any an all public works) began inhabiting the galleys, the deck and nearby waters. As often happens with collective, governmental and social works, here it is possible to recognize the efforts of hundreds of hands.
— Eduardo Vázquez Martín