Juan José Díaz Infante Nuñez, one of Mexico's best known architects, and a champion of the use of plastics in every walk of life, died in Mexico City June 12 at the age of 75.
According to local news reports, his health suffered complications following intoxication from the use of medicines he was taking.
In an interview with Plastics News in 2008, Díaz Infante described plastics as “energy economy” and referred to himself as a “designer of space and systems,” in which plastics have a major role.
A founder and director of the Anahuac University's school of architecture in Mexico City and a consultant for the country's National Association of Plastics Industries (Anipac), he was a member of the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture in Houston for many years.
His best-known architectural works are the Mexican Stock Exchange building on Mexico City's main Paseo de la Reforma avenue, and the capital's Tapo bus terminal.
Díaz Infante also was a life-long Mickey Mouse fan — Mickey Mouse memorabilia and plastic furnishings filled his house.
“The world has lost a true contemporary genius,” one admirer wrote in an emailed comment to El Economista newspaper. “He was a creator of scientific formulae, of vectorial models and a lover of Mickey Mouse.”