Regenerating the Fringe
Multi-modal hub at the edge of Chapultapec Park, Mexico City
Critic: Felipe Correa, Harvard GSD
The aim of the new plan for the Chapultepec Station Area / Cultural Park is to provide the western edge of the city with a distinct new identity and to reconnect areas fragmented by its former conditions of heavyweight infrastructure. The site marks the crossing of the two proposed monorail lines, the East/West and North/South. The project proposal sits on the triangular shaped island formed by three major automobile infrastructures, the double decker anillo periferico to the west, the “at grade” molino del rey / parque lira to the east and the avenue de constituyentes to the south, which goes below grade to traverse the periferico and Parque Lira. At the south west corner of the triangle, opposite the avenue de Constituyentes is the M7 - Metro Constituyentes, the underground metro. The site also slopes at a grade of 20% for a total of 8 meters from side to side.
There is a rousing concern in Mexico City with some of the highest pedestrian deaths in the world. According to 2003 statistics- there were 9.4 out of every 100,000 pedestrian vehicular deaths due- to put in contrast London was 1.9, New York 2.2, Hong Kong 3.8. Roughly one person a day dies to to motor The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy have been working directly with Mexico City officials to develop efficient bike infrastructure and public bike systems, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) planning and optimization, parking policy reform, and city revitalization. The project tries to establish a link between an existing pedestrian pathway in northern Chapultapec to the cultural and recreational fragments surrounding the site, effectively creating a u-loop connection to the Bosqse De Chapultapec with an auxiliary connection through the residential neighborhood of Tacubaya, effectively bypassing the non-pedestrian friendly presence of heavyweight infrastructure.
This pedestrian cut / void is activated primarily by one of the three concurrent veins, the parallel transport corridor. In other words it is activated through the placement of the monorail stations at either end of the island plus the bridge to the existing M7 Metro Station. Instead of creating a single multimodal station to house the intermodality of the monorail stations, the partial indoor/outdoor void becomes the intermodal corridor. Likewise, the semi outdoor station becomes activated by the recreational corridor. The green areas act as an extension of the park.with an auxiliary connection through the residential neighborhood of Tacubaya, effectively bypassing the non-pedestrian friendly presence of heavyweight infrastructure.