The projects that received Holcim Awards Gold, Silver, or Bronze in each of the five regions of the world were automatically qualified to compete for the Global Holcim Awards 2012. The more extensive submission on the Urban regeneration master plan for the global phase of the competition can be found here:
The Holcim Awards Bronze was awarded to a master plan designed by Jose Castillo of arquitectura 911sc for the northwest sector of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, which suffers from increasing violence due to its strategic position for drugs and arms trafficking. The project is based on the consolidation of existing water retention basins to mitigate future flooding, and their conversion into public spaces including agricultural terraces, community workshops, commercial lots, playgrounds, sporting facilities, a skate park and progressive housing units. The project was recognized for providing space for economic, educational and recreational activities with the overall intention to strengthen community networks.Media release – Sustainable construction as a key to better urban life » Leia mais (Portuguese) » Más información (Spanish) »
The jury was impressed by the thoughtful and uncomplicated approach. The project has a great potential not to remain a singular action, but generate an impact for the local communities and neighborhoods and thus the entire city on an urban scale. Highly appreciated elements were the versatile focus, the inclusive approach to community workshops and NGOs, as well as the high aesthetic quality which validates the entire action of reuniting the society.
The project is part of a general strategy introduced by the Mexican federal government for Ciudad Juárez, a city of 1.5 million people on the US-Mexican border, which with El Paso forms one of the world’s largest bi-national metropolitan areas. The city is located in a strategic position for drugs and arms trafficking and suffers from increasing levels of violence as the current administration’s efforts to curtail the drug trade are strongly resisted.
“We are all Juarez!” – a strategy including more than 150 commitments, intends to radically improve the city’s social, economic, and physical conditions. A component of the strategy is the Resilient public spaces master plan for the northwest sector of the city, which works at various scales and uses a multifaceted approach. It is based on the consolidation of existing water retention basins to mitigate future flooding, and their conversion into public spaces.
Different facilities are introduced including agricultural terraces, workshops, commercial lots, playgrounds, sporting facilities, a skate park and progressive housing units. They provide space for economic, educational and recreational activities with the overall intention to strengthen community networks.Download project entry poster (PDF, 1.00 MB) »See more
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