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Beatrice Loda: Mexico Metropolis: Zócalo Identity
  Mexico Ciudad metropolitan strategic urban plan metro matrix
The Zócalo project as the gate to the submerged city.
B. Beatrice Loda, Pedro B. Ortiz, MSLab.

The project for the improvement of the Zócalo is going back to the Aztec hydraulic management of water as a precious resource in order to raise consciousness of the sustainable Mexican permaculture.
The challenge is to establish a durable relation among the different layers of the city, carving out the hidden identity of Mexico City. The dry grey infrastructure projected by Pedro B. Ortiz and the wet green Aztec infrastructure are geographical so are coincident.... amazing discover.
Mega-Mexico: Tres en raya
  Mexico DF strategy plan metropolitan management planning urban metro-matrix
  Mexico has from its Aztec pre-foundation a reticular urban structure. That was taken over by the Spaniards that extended it, as did the Republic later on. Mexico DF’s problem has come with the XXth. C. explosion that has been uncontrolled reaching now a population of 19 million inhabitants in an area that overspills any administrative management boundary over several Federal States.

Eight million passengers use daily the ‘reticular’ metro. Only 150.000 the well capillary train-tracks network with very poor commuting services. These figures show the flaws of Mega-Mexico planning and management: lack of visionary scale. Mexicans still look to short, too close. Expanding the vision to the valley (latest news) is not even enough by this time: too late, too short. Mega Mexico expands over 4 valleys: Toluca, Mexico and Puebla, linked by the Sierra Madre Valley. This report articulates the four of them providing a framework for Mega Mexico. The urban reticular structure of central Mexico with the diagonal feature of Paseo de la Reforma over the triangle of Zocalo-Revolucion-Buenavista expands and shifts into a metropolitan reticular structure of the 3 valleys with the diagonal of Sierra Madre. Commuter train services give Mexico DF the oxygen it needs. Metro-Train centralities articulate both urban and metropolitan dimensions.
D4D Mexico DF Propositive Analysis
  Mexico DF (Mexico) Metropolitan Strategy Development Plan
  Mexico is one of the Megacities of the world. That requires Mega Governance and Mega solutions in a Mega scale vision. None of the three is present in Mexico. The size of the metropolis has grown beyond the metropolitan borders. The management of the metropolis has not.
- It suffers a very limited commuter train service. An Administration that still thinks a BRT or a Metro will solve the problems.
- A wrong imposed circular (radial-orbital) model of growth. Against the historical heritage of an efficient reticular system.
- The myopia focus at the urban scale, without a broad view to the regional context.
All are limitations to the real Mexico solving problem need.
Mexico needs a mega scale approach as other megacities have. New York and Los Angeles are an example of it. Cities despised as monster cities. But cities that work. That is why they are leading cities in the world. Mexico needs to shift its parameters to be able to join the forerunners of the world class cities.
This report provides Mexico DF (their administrators) with the opportunity to do so.