Amongst six Acknowledgement prizes, three were allocated to projects in Mexico including the recovery of the rail transport network in the Valley of Oaxaca by Gustavo Madrid Vazquez of espacio entre tiempo Architects.Media release – Sustainable construction as a key to better urban life » leia mais (Portuguese) » más información (Spanish) »
The jury acknowledged the promising and clear traffic concept and its integration into an urban strategy. The feasibility of the concept is obvious as it takes advantage of the existing land ownership of the infrastructure corridor. Where the architectural potential of the project could be more developed, the strength of the technical strategy is recognized.
The project’s idea is the regeneration of the disused rail transport network in the Valley of Oaxaca – one of the poorest states of Mexico. The rail system had been an important transport element for more than a century until the tracks were decommissioned in the 1990’s after the urban area had grown. Facing the challenges of the future, the project proposes to insert a new electric low-floor train system to provide a safe and high quality public transport system that increases mobility in the area with little environmental disadvantages and reduces the dependence on individual transport.
The system will provide short- and medium-distance public transport for more than 700,000 people. Beyond this practical function the project will stimulate the region with a vision for a “cleaner, healthier and safer future”. To integrate the regional rail network into the urban fabric, bicycle facilities are proposed for the rail stations as well as a bikeway system along the rail corridors.Download project entry poster (PDF, 1.48 MB) »See more
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