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GREEN INVASION

Location: CDMX, México

Type: Urban Intervention

Team: Marcos Escamilla-Guerrero

Status: Idea

Year: 2020

Today, the world faces many crises that manifest in different shapes and forms, one of them is pollution. This project focuses specifically in air pollution inside Mexico City. After researching, the data found showed a very challenging reallity, in which human health is already being endangered and/or damaged. In order to solve this, almost every discipline should participate or collaborate between each other to achieve a solution that could help to decrease todays crisis. Architecture in this case, tries to achieve a solution through design that could help in the decreasement of the impacts on public health. By using modules and identifiyng old fashioned or non responsive facades, a “bring back nature to the city” strategy is proposed.


“A green coating that wraps every building in Mexico City has arrived. In this images materials and shape have become superfluous, they are no longer relevant. Instead, the green color becomes predominant and appropriates the city esthetic. Mexico City has become now a pioneer in a new scheme of city, one that has achieved the coexistence of natural and urban environment. This is the green invasion.”

"Healing Mexico City through architecture."

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Mexico City is well known for its complexity and size, but also because of the low air quality it has. As the effects of climate change arise, it is time to take action against it. Back in 2019, Mexico City suffered high risk levels of air pollution, to the point that there was a necessity of the government to close schools and public spaces. Mexico City is over the W.H.O. recommended level of PM2.5 for about 200%.

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FORESTS AND TREES

POPULATION DENSITY

FIGURE - GROUND

AIR POLUTION

WATERSHED

TERRAIN

FORESTS

PARKS

DENSITY PER SQM

FREE

TAKEN

PM 10 POLLUTION PRESENCE

CONTOURS

WATER BODIES

HEIGHT ABOVE SEA LEVEL

Urban Layers of Mexico City

2019 pollution conditions

Integration phasing

M type module

T type module

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Double height

Single height

Geometric generation process

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The modules are conceived as a complement for each other, in a linear assemble, the modules in conjunction give rhythm and order to the new green facade, while if they are vertically stacked, their form allows the growth of vegetation in a doble height space. Also, the design allowss opportunity for face to face interaction, where Module T and Module M can be arranged with perfect harmony.

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Modules as Facade

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Vegetation variety

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