Masterplan for dismissed airport of Mexico City

Mexico City, Mexico 2015

The most effective tools for urban regeneration in terms of formal and social effect are the public spaces. Among them, the particular quality condenser called "Square" was conformed by centuries of town design experience as a set of buildings of public interest centered on an open collective space. The Italian language distinguishes two entities: the "s-piazzo": simple open space, element of interruption in the urban compact fabric, and the "piazza": high quality design place in which buildings, social functions, open space, work together to give meaning and identity to the site. This way, the square becomes the center of the site and it reflects its quality on it as a flywheel of regeneration and development.

This project proposes a system of nine new urban squares on the perimeter of the airport area. Nine squares as connection between the urban sectors existing outside and the airport area inside transformed into urban green. Nine squares able to become flywheel of civil and social redevelopment for the surrounding neighborhoods.

The squares are open to the outside. They are the starting point of a network of pedestrian and vehicular connections to the center of the park. The park is divided into areas planted with different growing speed vegetal essences. Sectors naturalized by fast growing essences can immediately show the layout of the park design while slow – through centuries - growing essences will be the park of the airport to pass on to future generations.

The center of the park is a large linear glade that replies the trace of the main runway of the airport: a future permanent memory of the years when this area was used to connect Mexico City with the rest of the world.


CSIAA for Mexico City

  • Roberto A. Cherubini
  • Anna Botta
  • Iskra Djuric
  • Luca Maricchiolo
  • Juan Pablo Navas