13.12.2016 - Cuernavaca Railway Linear Park Competition
Mexico City Government
Mexico City Institute of Architecture, Mexico City Association of Architects, Mexiko
Recovering residual urban spaces, including unused railways, has become a global trends as a strategy to reclaim public space. The borough of Miguel Hidalgo in Mexico City aims to recover the underutilized infrastructure of the Cuernavaca Railway and turn it into a dynamic public space. To this end, the borough is calling for projects from teams of architects, urban designers, and landscape architects, both Mexican and international, who wish to participate in the Cuernavaca Railway Linear Park International Design Competition.
The project seeks to honor the site’s history while responding to an imminent need for green and recreational spaces, and to expand opportunities for the local community to interact with one another in the public space.
The Convening Committee seeks innovative proposals to recover railway infrastructure located on the rails of the former Cuernavaca Railway, in the stretch between two thoroughfares, the Avenida Ejército Nacional and the Calzada de los Gallos, and to transform these urban remains into a public space that uses the landscape as water-management infrastructure. The linear park will be 4.6km in length. It will promote responsible rainwater management, which will be used both for park maintenance and to reinsert rainwater into the aquifer. Additionally, it will enhance social development and sustainable mobility within the region.
Diverse structures, including bridges, industrial buildings, bicycle lanes, avenues, museums, high- and low-density housing, and city infrastructure, are part of the urban fabric that runs through, bounds, and contrasts with the study area. Given this, proposals should be sensitive both to the complexity and diversity of the surroundings, and the specific needs of the local community. Additionally, proposals should respond to the objectives, rules, and regulations laid out further in this document.
This Competition represents an unequivocal opportunity to transform the urban landscape of Mexico City. The Convening Committee calls on the creativity of architects, urban designers, and landscape architects, to develop proposals that can become an urban reference for the future.
13. Dezember 2016
Julio Gaeta Gorriz · Luby Springall Del Villar
Emmanuel Ramírez Ruiz
Sofía de Oliveira Correia Pera Fernandes