Agora Recycled – Mexico City
shifting paradigm: from horizontal distribution to an elevated network of energetic cycles
The project proposes to implement a multi-layered, terraced landscape in the La Merced district. This new urban typology weaves into the existing fabric of Mexico City’s old town. As a place of production and social exchange it integrates the commercial activities of the market. The elevated layers and terraces are able to unravel the highly congested uses that happen today solely on the ground level. New programs are introduced that involve both the members of today’s La Merced Mercado and the residents of the neighborhood. The monofunctional market is turned into a multifaceted, vibrant urban microcosm. The porous and multi-layered structure offers opportunities to activate new cycles of production and consumption, and stimulates recycling, reuse, and collaboration. The introduced topography also serves as public space for recreation. The place becomes part of the broader urban network and connects the revitalized old town around the Zocalo plaza in the west with the neglected neighborhoods in the east of the city. The hybrid landscape-building acts as a landmark in the dense urban fabric that creates bewilderment and attracts visitors. The novel ecosystem raises awareness and shifts traditional paradigms and habits to a more sustainable way of processing food and the handling of waste.
Contribution & Collaboration
Hannes Zander, MLA 2015