Concurso ARQUINE 17 - Winner Second Place

Just Add Water Mexico City / Mexico / 2015

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The competition aimed to generate proposals to give a new use to the actual Mexico City airport, since a new one will be constructed near it.  The area has a total of 746 acres on the limits of the city.  The options are infinite.


Our approach is:


JUST ADD WATER


We must regain the lake that we have been trying to erase.  We have been fighting against nature, instead of being with nature. The lake can be part of our lives.  Life starts from water, as our civilization has always been connected to lakes and rivers.


Let us bring agriculture to the city, inside its borders, just where we live. We can recover the old tradition of chinampas, linked to the lakes, to harvest what we need to eat.  Bring our daily lives in contact with what is basic to us, with the growth of plants, be part of the process of growing what we eat.  Harvest what we need right where we live. Let us see how plants and flowers grow, as they give us our food.


Farming in site can avoid the transportation of fruits, vegetables, flowers and grains from far away. In this new scheme we can include high tech planting buildings and energy farms to become more energy self-sufficient.


A new approach to the limit of the city, the city to the lake, no more infinite buildings that just demand more land.  Let´s connect one of the largest cities of the world to the lake.  Parks, forests, plazas, schools, universities, offices, low and high rise residential buildings, will share the views of the reclaimed water city border. 


JUST ADD WATER

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    The competition aimed to generate proposals to give a new use to the actual Mexico City airport, since a new one will be constructed near it.  The area has a total of 746 acres on the limits of the city.  The options are infinite. Our approach is: JUST ADD WATER We must regain the lake that we have been trying to erase.  We have been fighting against nature, instead of being with nature. The lake can be part of our lives.  Life starts from water, as our civilization has...

    Project details
    • Year 2015
    • Work started in 2014
    • Work finished in 2015
    • Client ARQUINE
    • Status Competition works
    • Type Parks, Public Gardens / Public Squares / Waterfront / Government and institutional buildings / Airports / Bridges and Roads / Urban development plans / Neighbourhoods/settlements/residential parcelling / Adaptive reuse of industrial sites / Landscape/territorial planning / Office Buildings / Schools/Institutes / Colleges & Universities / Conference Centres / Sports Facilities / Hotel/Resorts / Bars/Cafés / Restaurants / Graphic Design / Leisure Centres / Urban Renewal / River and coastal redevelopment / Bridges and Walkways / Cycle Paths / Strategic Urban Plans / Metropolitan area planning
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