Abitare Mazatlan is a private development designed with the purpose of regenerating an urban awareness that can enhance and better the lives of Native Sinaloans, as well as the people that have been living as permanent residents of the City, but are not from there. This awareness or collective urban ambition comes from the back-to-basics idea of understanding that the historical downtown district of this particular city has worked tremendously well for the last 500 years.
It is known that the historical district of Mazatlan has thrived for a long time, yet it has also suffered through the decades of the sub-urban ambition, where the majority of the developments flourished along the coast of the city. These developments prompted a now studied idea of segregating the residential communities from the commercial and civic ones. In recent years, the municipal government has been implementing a direct revamping of the historical district, attracting a large amount of people back to live, shop, study and many other things in the historical downtown district. The city’s plan has worked exuberantly.
We have been studying the idea of developing other private zones with the basics: bringing back life to the streets. This project is about a development strategy to focus greatly on the multi-use intention. Our clients summoned three design firms to design what could be one of the largest developments in the city of Mazatlan in many decades. They wanted us to actually re-program as what had been proposed to them in previous years, a lot full of suburban housing. Of the three firms, one proposed the same development, suburban housing and the second firm proposed a skyscraper. This is what we did (and won).
For almost 9 months out of the year the vegetation is abundant in Cerritos Mazatlan, this part of town is denominated as deciduous forest. An enormous amount of greenery of all kinds is naturally found in this area, fauna is also abundant. There is an interesting three months out of the year where everything becomes brown, it is surprisingly dry for a few months of the winter where there is practically no green to be found.
The documentation of the site was an arduous endeavor of experimenting with different platforms and patterns dictated by the specificity of the site. The flora, contours, rivers and valleys, wind directions, ultra-violet emissions and a plethora of different type of information was gathered in one anthropomorphic system.
Where was the natural settlements of the system? We where able to discover the natural flows, paths and directions to generate the forceful intentions of the upcoming project. Through way finding along the inner crevices of the system, the answers were hidden and offered.
We were there to experience the site for many a day as well.
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