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Bicentennial of the Independence Plaza, Mexico City, Mexico

Tuesday 06 Jan 2009

Growing walls to break them down

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04/06/13 Antonio Esposito, Monopoli - Italy
Who did this project, is Bruschi Esposito, italian team of architecture. Antonio Esposito and Elena Bruschi invited Carlos Rodrigues and Ren? Caro Gomez to join them for the second step of the competition.
07/02/09 listo tonto, mexico df
Carlos Rodriguez no es el Autor del Proyecto, el concurso en la primera etapa independientemente y no lo pelaron. Fue invitado por uno de los equipos ganadores a la segunda etapa a colaborar en el paisajismo, sin embargo. Honor a quien honor merece, que no quiera colgarse medallitas que no le corresponden.
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A garden in the heart of Megalopolis tests the boundaries between landscape and building 

Carlos Rodríguez Bernal of SPRB Arquitectos explains the concept behind their design for Bicentennial of the Independence Plaza in Mexico City:

"We imagine a great ritual space around the Concepción Chapel, symbolically dedicated to the Mexican Independence and Revolution, rectangular and long, isolated from the chaotic movement of the city by a “green wall”. Here is where the great rectangular enclosure is born, where the disproportion between length and width and the continuity of the peripheral wall attribute the open space this character of interiority often found in different open spaces of Mesoamerican architecture. Its about something which is conceptually between the idea of the plaza in the European tradition and the typology of the great building ad aula; but, due to being constructed substantially by vegetation, it could fit also in the category of the garden.

"The inner space, clearly delimited, will be free and smooth, almost without trees, of plain pavement; in contrast, the outer space will be shady and irregular, splashed with some landscape and architectural episodes, furrowed at various points by the access walkways to the inner space, gathering functions and multiple activities. The garden around the great enclosure will be the mattress which finally cushions the relationship between urban life’s chaos and the metaphysic character of the inside. The structure of the great enclosure extends over 500 meters and reaches 18 meters height; it will be planted with different vegetal species which will cover completely the structure. This species, of different colorations, will change the image of the green wall each season; it is about an unpredictable nature that will lighten the project’s geometry in the course of the years."

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