Border City: Mexico at London Design Biennale 2016
During September 2016, London hosts its first Design Biennale, taking over the entirety of Somerset House to explore questions and ideas about cities, migration, sustainability, and social equality. Architects, designers, engineers, and artists from over thirty countries are participating, showcasing newly commissioned work to explore these themes.
BuroHappold contributed to the exhibition installation organised by the Embassy of Mexico in the United Kingdom. For this installation, the architects FR-EE (Fernando Romero EnterprisE) developed a vision for a binational city on the border between Mexico and the United States – with over 100 million people living in the boundary states an increasingly important economic region.
FR-EE’s masterplan concept for the city is based on a hexagonal plan that allows for organic growth as the population increases and promotes the industrial, employment, and trade opportunities in the region. Acknowledging current shortcomings in urban planning along the Mexican-US border cities, the Border City presents a radical new vision for the area as a city that embraces density, sustainability, and smart urban planning. BuroHappold has developed smart urban systems that fit FR-EE’s vision and supported the architect team in the development of conceptual land-use, transportation, and energy plans.
The exhibition is open until the 27th of September. You can find more details here.