Landscape of Inclusion and Their Moving Spaces
Ecatepec de Morelos from above and below

Location: Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico  |  Year: 2013
Organizers: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
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Ecatepec de Morelos is situated in the north-western part of Lake Texcoco, on the fringe between Mexico City and the State of Mexico. The once majestic lake has lost more than 90% of its volume in the last 100 years. The dramatically shrinking water surface, the risk of flooding and subsidence combined with an obsolete drainage system obliges us to find new solutions.

Our vision proposes to recover what should be the most important resource and identity of the area, the water. The main strategy focuses on the three transversal water structures and the longitudinal Grand Canal. They are transformed into a network with two sections.

The first part functions for drinking water distribution while the second part absorbs storm water runoff and gray water. The network flows through a system of constructed wetlands into collecting reservoirs. The reservoirs are designed to function as flexible public spaces, articulated with parks to the urban fabric. Water is stored so that it can be used for agriculture and domestic use.
# Mexico, Water, Urbanism, Research, Lago de Texcoco
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