Stigmatized for more than 30 years, the basin of the Mexico City valley has an opportunity to reinvent itself. Lands formerly occupied by the Texcoco Lake can be reclaimed today as part of a new ecology that incorporates nature, culture and infrastructure: a CULTURAL ECOLOGY
"Parks are social catalysts; we need to reclaim parks as part of our essential urban architecture, as key features in functioning urban social systems. Parks are where we test the limits of our tolerance and our capacities for acknowledgement difference (differences of: ideas, creed, age, culture, etc.). We need to promote them neither simply nor primarily as revenue streams but as the vital laboratories of democracy."
John Beardsley, Conflict and Erosion:
The contemporary Public Life of Large Parks, 2007
Urban growth / Drying up of Lakes
The strength of a park proposal is not based on its image design, but in the design of its adaptability, flexibility and performance, in how robust is its environmental foundation. This is why Lake Texcoco Ecological Park is not simply based on a park design but in the design of STRATEGIES for a park.
The Texcoco Lake Ecological Park will become a tangible symbol of how our society can enter as an integral part into natural processes and help the proper functioning of the landscape.
Lake Texcoco Park is a work in progress, a vision of a remarkable place conceived by a collaborative group of scientists, engineers, biologists, chemists, ecologists, architects, urban planners, landscapers, and politicians.
ALL OF THE PICTURES ARE REAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE SITE TAKEN BETWEEN 2009 AND 2010.