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n 1977, Oswald Mathias Ungers and Rem Koolhaas defined ‘the city in the city. Berlin: A green archipelago’, where they determined that “any future plan for Berlin should be based in reduction”, as the method to intensify the experience of the city.
In 2013, The Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico invited us to propose a pilot program to rethink architectural education in the last year of its architectural degree. Following a semester of research on large scale projects in Mexico during modernity, we focused on what could be the most important vacant site for the city, the 750 ha. void of the current international airport, now to be relocated in 2018.
We proposed for this site -and as a metropolitan strategy- the opposed condition that Ungers and Koolhaas theorized. Mexico City, instead of being an archipelago of architectures amidst nature, contains an archipelago of nature within the immense ‘lagoon’ of urbanization. We proposed A new green archipelago, a project to protect and augment the green system of ‘islands’ and establish a more coherent relationship between nature within the ‘metropolis of concrete’.

TYPE – Research and project on the city, Mexico
YEAR – 2013-Ongoing
PROGRAM – Preservation of nature and urban development
LOCATION – Site of the current international airport of Mexico City
SIZE – 750 ha.
CLIENT – Government of Mexico City
STATUS – Ongoing
COLLABORATORS – Ibero University, Arquine