Corazon Sur Pueblo is a proposal for a Library Park that will function as the heart of Puebla, Mexico, a city where infrastructure, services, and education are scarce. Rondero Carpena Arquitectos, Luisa Marti and COR & Partners envision an architectural program that will revive vital parts of the neighborhood and create a sustainable social system where the people will experience increased quality of life, education, and an expansion of opportunities.
Read on for information on this proposal after the break.
The proposal envisages the realization of a park full of green spaces and pedestrian sports, along with a building or central axis of a complex that aims to generate social change and development that promotes citizen meeting, educational and recreational activities The construction of collective approach to the new challenges of the digital culture, building and strengthening neighborhood organizations.
This project aims to get involved in the city with education, sports, culture, equity, social work and personal elements of ‘real change.’ The fundamental idea is that this project seeks to transform the mentality neighborhood of disadvantaged communities, enhancing their physical and cultural environment, to stimulate and motor for renewal, evolution and change, empower their townsman pride and sense of belonging, and obviously , offer high-tech alternatives for fun, relaxation, connectivity, education and enlightenment.
In existing cases like Medellin Library Park we can see that in its first two years of operation, the impact on citizenship has been enormous. The direct beneficiaries and users move between amazement, pride, gratitude and hope, and is especially touching to see the attitude of children, young and old neighborhoods, leaving aside the adult population. To enhance the urban significance of the intervention, the program of the architecture chosen must be capable of projecting on and being a reference for its immediate context, as a large umbrella with a strong identity. It is a space for public congregation, for sport, culture and knowledge.
The architects prioritized the associations that would be made with the various elements of the project. The building is a ‘lighthouse’ see and be seen. It is a beacon for social change and literally a light in the dark. LED lights and a computer algorithm gives the light a pulsing quality like a heartbeat. The program is complex and comprehensive with use zones that allow it stay organized but expand in its programmatic uses. The park is not just a garden. It is a sports (football, basketball, volleyball, athletics, skating), an outdoor museum, a garden that tells the story of Mexico, an exterior exhibition hall. The architectural expression follows a Mexican tradition of semi-outdoor spaces, and a pastel palette of colors. The program implemented promotes vocational training through apprenticeship, local business and micro goals for the future of the neighborhood.