Towards an Urban Structure Based on Natural Systems in Northern Mexican Cities: Which Way to Go? Green Corridors or Mobility Corridors?
The purpose of this study was to analyze which role, ecology or sustainable transportation (pedestrian and bike systems), is more critical for the implementation of green networks in arid northern Mexico cities. The study analyzed local ecologies with regards to water management, water quality, and areas of environmental relevance (most of these already identified in the urban plans). For the role of mobility, a spatial analysis of origins and destinations was performed departing from existing planning documents. The analysis was performed in the cities of Mexicali and Hermosillo. Findings point at a hybrid network solution as the most feasible form towards implementation.
Funding was used to support a master’s level graduate student in the Community and Regional Planning program for one year.
9 graduate Master’s in Landscape Architecture Comprehensive Studio students were supported by the research produced by the grant and the travel expenses granted for the principal investigator and student research assistant, during the first trip to Hermosillo in Late February-Early March 2015.
Conference Presentations & Publications
The research was presented in the form of preliminary results to:
- The Municipal Planning Institute of Hermosillo on August 6th, 2015. In Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
- The Technical Council of the Municipal Institute of Hermosillo on August 7th, 2015. In Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
- Local Developers and other government officials of Hermosillo on August 7th, 2015. In Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
- The Municipal Planning and Research Institute of Mexicali on August 14th, 2015. In Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.
A final written report is being developed after feedback from presentations at Hermosillo and Mexicali; the research continues to be refined and reshaped by the various conference paper presentations to which it has been submitted. This research will be sent for consideration at academic and professional journals once the final refinement and editing process is done.
The research is part of an accepted paper for presentation at the Annual Congress of Landscape Architecture organized by the Mexican Society of Landscape Architects (SAPM) to be held in Mexico City on November 2015. See: http://sapm.com.mx/event/ix-congreso-nacional-arquitectura-de-paisaje/?i...
The research, so far, has been submitted as a paper proposal to the following upcoming conferences:
- The Annual Conference of CELA, to be held at Utah State University on March 2016.
- The Annual Conference of the Urban Affairs Association to be held in San Diego, California, on March 2016.