Mexico City’s High Line Park

Courtesy of Federal District Public Space Authority


To say New York’s High Line is a successful project is putting it very lightly.  From the moment the overgrown landscape opened, thousands have flocked to experience the amazing public space and dozens have been inspired to incorporate similar urban reuse attitudes in their cities.  Ruth Samuelson shared City’s inspired project which seeks to apply the High Line’s sense of serenity to a busy intersection by mid-2012. “The High Line in seemed to me a fresh breath of air, completely.  Mexico City just needs – within so many streets, so many avenues – respite like this,” explained Daniel Escotto Sánchez, the general coordinator for the city’s Public Space Authority.

More about the project after the break.

Courtesy of Federal District Public Space Authority

Taking cues from New York’s project, this High Line will feature regional plants and will change sectionally as it dips down to cross under the second level of one roadway.

Courtesy of Federal District Public Space Authority

Yet, the project incorporates a character of its own as it must function as a connecting pathway which will become a primary circulation option for pedestrians traveling from a metro stop to Chapultepec Forest, the largest city park in Latin America.  Currently, those riding the metro encounter “steep steps, busy roads and generally not-family-friendly passageways to enter the park,” and Sánchez envisions this public project as a societal message to exclaim “…that the walker has the same dignity as the vehicle.”

Courtesy of Federal District Public Space Authority

The project, which is estimated to cost approximately $4.3 million and take a quick four months to build, will be funded by Sánchez’s public office.

 

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Mexico City’s High Line Park" 22 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 Aug 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=162420>

9 comments

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    This project is a joke?. I have no word’s for this. Archdaily please select better the works that you publish.

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    This is not to be racist. This is about doing things right and show things that contribute to the city, not cheap copies of good architecture.

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      Hey Mark, If your issues lie with renderings I get you, they could be better. But to say this project is a joke is just flat out obscene. There is nothing wrong with using relevant precedence studies to adopt and make your own. By no means are the Mexicans stating that their design is better. On the contrary, they express the importance of having experienced the High Line to better understand the possibilities of pedestrian mobility along their own landscape.. Oh yeah, Isn’t High Line a copy. Last I read James Corner used Promenade Plantee in Paris as their precedent study for the High Line… A little bit of thievery in Architecture and design is not frowned upon as long as you can make it your own, and the Mexicans are doing so.

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    Dbolex Why defend the indefensible?, Maybe you are the person who designed it. The truth I’m too lazy to discuss a project so bad and not worth it. Of course I’m Mexican and I live in Mexico City and therefore this is a joke. And as I mentioned before, I hope archdaily choose better what shown in this portal.

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    I’m a Mexican living in Mexico City as well… and yes.. I’m afraid to say the premise is fairly ridiculous… especially because Mexico City has no usable “high-line” space… all highway spaces are in full use all day long and trying to apply the NYC High-line concept in Mexico City is just not plausible, at least not in the way these architects are depicting it… Im sorry but.. I’m not buying it.

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    I think its a really strong concept, and it is not only viable but i’ll say neccesary! The peasant life and space in mexico city is seriously affected in some areas due to heavy traffic! This could be one of the possible solutions to deliver fresh new walking public space into a city that is invaded by cars. The public policy of the city MUST be to give more and more importance to non-motor travel and short distance trips.

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