How design is changing lives in one of the world’s deadliest cities

Nestled inside a north Mexican shopping mall, in one of the world's deadliest cities, Hardpop is an unlikely venue for one of the best nightclubs on the planet. Yet each weekend the world's biggest producers arrive at the volatile desert town of Ciudad Juárez to play to packed-out crowds inside its unassuming walls.

For many, Hardpop is a haven in the centre of Mexico's violent drug war. But there's more to entrepreneur Ricardo Tejada's world-class nightspot than hedonism: where music provides sanctuary from the threat of violence outside, design offers an alternative pathway for a new generation of young creatives.

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Julia Sagar
Editor-in-chief retail

Julia is editor-in-chief, retail at Future Ltd, where she works in e-commerce across a number of consumer lifestyle brands. A former editor of design website Creative Bloq, she’s also worked on a variety of print titles, and was part of the team that launched consumer tech website TechRadar. She's been writing about art, design and technology for over 15 years.