urban device for adaptable public space | Ciudad de México, Mexico | 2015

third place


#publicspace #flexibility #multipleuse #events

The Mextrópoli Pavillion cut-out set is an urban device, a set of elements that freely arranged in the city creates recognizable places where relations and encounters are favored. The space generated by the Mextrópoli Pavillion cut-out set is an always different public space, defined by how each urban actor interprets the elements and interacts with them. The cut-out set designed for this pavilion, refers to the idea of a public space where people are encouraged and invited to interact in a playful and recreational way, as if the elements where hand built paper toys, for a more familiar and social relation with the contemporary city.


The Mextrópoli cut-out set provides five simple elements, five archetypes of urban space: the steps, to sit on, to climb and look from above for a different perspective; the gate, a threshold to cross to enter a different space, a structure to frame a particular view or a backdrop for an activity; the slide, to climb, to lie on, to roll on; the porch, a place to enter, a kiosk (an exhibition area, bar, shop, entrusted to someone it can generate an income to cover the costs of construction and maintenance); the podium, a clearly identified space, a carpet, a play field, base for activities. The objects can be assembled and reorganized in countless configurations, infinite possible landscapes that will generate spaces always new and suitable for different places and needs.This spatial image corresponds to our idea of public space: simple, adaptable and recognizable, theater of the encounter and discussion between the different actors the operate in the urban space.


type: ideas competition
result: third place
client: Arquine