Transforming the urban spaces of Mexico City with Cultural Corridor Chapultepec

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The Cultural Corridor Chapultepec (CCC) is a proposal to give back Avenida Chapultepec to the pedestrians and alternative vehicles other than automobiles. It is a finger of the Chapultepec Park that gets into the urbane space to make the citizens aware about how crucial the presence of green areas are for the life quality in any city.

The new CCC runs from the Chapultepec Park down to the Glorieta de los Insurgentes. Along this area of 0.8 miles (1,3 kilometers), urban space will be reinvented. New lanes for buses will be opened and the cars will be pushed to the sides in order to broaden the central space and reach a maximum of 57 meters.

“We are focused in regaining completely the space by means of a strategy different from the real estate one developed in Reforma Avenue, but by creating and developing public space.” –Simón Levy, general director ProCDMX

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The main promenade will run along the center of the avenue at street level. Specific lanes for bikes, skaters, wheelchairs and strollers will be built. Pedestrian crosswalks have been strategically designed in order to access the central space from the sidewalks and avoid accidents.

“This project will organise the surroundings, will double the green areas, will enhance connectivity and will celebrate the cultural diversity of the city” – Fernando Romero, general director FR-EE

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The upper level will have retail and a promenade for pedestrians with a carefully designed green landscape. There has been a special focus in the selection of the flora according to the urban context: it will not only provide shade to the public, but it will also have a crucial impact in mitigating the “heat island” effect. For the irrigation and services, recycled rainwater will be used.

“We are taking advantage of the space above the street to create an elevated park and generate a new quality public space for meeting people” – Juan Pablo Maza, general director FRENTE

Electrical energy will be provided by solar cells. The bubble decks of recycled PET will yield a positive thermic and structural impact. The CCC will transform the context by recovering its history. It will become a road to heal the diminished urban tissue and, in general, it will be a trigger to think about the urban paths in Mexico City and elsewhere in the country. Instead of being a dividing wall, it will become a meeting point and will facilitate an active mobility between both sides. Our ecological commitment compels us to take care of every single tree and to add plants that suit best this specific context.

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“We want the Cultural Corridor Chapultepec to celebrate the social call of public space as a generator of urban life by means of creating a new, exciting, active and multicultural destination” – Ruysdael Vivanco de Gyves, general director RVDG

The CCC will be divided in different zones according to the blocks, so different arts will become the specific character of each part. Every zone will have a symbolic color.

This way, Avenida Chapultepec will resume its rightful role as a laboratory for urban experimentation: it began as a road for the Aztec emperors, a path for the water used and drank by of the capital, the venue used by the American army, the circuit for the most modern and innovative vehicles, such as the first electric tram and the first subway.

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Cultural Corridor Chapultepec (Spanish: Corredor Cultural Chapultepec)
Client | Sapi de CV
Date | 2015 – 2017
Location | Chapultepec Avenue, between Lieja street and the Glorieta de los Insurgentes, Delegación Cuauhtémoc, 06700, Mexico City
Program | Mixed use

Architects | FR-EE / FRENTE / RVDG
Landscape | Mario Schjetnan GDU
FR-EE Team | Fernando Romero, Mauricio Ceballos, Raymundo Zamora, Ignacio Méndez, Gustavo Pérez, El Mehdi Belyasmine, Montserrat Fragoso, Libia Castilla, Diego Velázquez, Alba Díaz, Gaia Cella, Pedro Ramírez, Ignacio Herrera, Aarón García, César López, Cecilia A. Pérez, Angélica Ortiz, Alejandro Magallón, Carlos Flores, Karen Soto, Antonio Carpio, Miguel Araujo, Diego Venegas, Christian García, Jessica Wang, Rigel Scarlett Dávila Cantú, Christopher Alexander Hernández Muñoz, Alan Mauricio Parra Vázquez, Ana Laura Cardoso Rodríguez, Vania Velasco Rodríguez, Oswaldo Guzmán Montero, José Jorge Carbajal Domínguez, Clarissa Moreno Tapia, María Fernanda León Sánchez, David Ari Orozco Suarte, Saúl Flores López, Adriana Jaquez Anguiano, Martha Angélica Villa Vivas, Diego Venegas Cuevas, Luis Enrique Torres Lira, Raymundo García Meneses, Edgar Campusano Ramírez, Araceli Damián Navarrete, Annia Rocha, Luis Enrique Pérez Cervantes, Viridiana Quintana García, Manuel A. Archundia Reyes, Osvaldo Jasso Vargas, Aranza Campeche Ramírez, Johana Vega Baltazar, Rodolfo Romero Chávez, Diego Guzmán Penella, Lucy Alejandra Rodríguez Iglesias, Christian García Díaz, Isabel Landín, Yair López Marín, Diego Jacobo Ruvalcaba, Alejandro Hernández Morales, Eunice Marisel Salinas Yáñez, Paola Castanedo Shaadi
FRENTE / RVDG Team | Juan Pablo Maza, Ruysdael Vivanco, Jonathan Estrada, Narciso Martínez, Oriana Barrera, Mario Ramos, Mario Alquicira, Tania Juárez, Diana Pérez, Omar Velasco, Ana Pérez
External Team | 24 Studio, Colinas de Buen, Ingeniería Experimental, ICA Ingeniería, Lighteam, Ildefonso Rodríguez

Image & Text Credit | Courtesy of  FR-EE