Public space and public life
Bosque de Chapultepec

Mexico city, Mexico.

2021

Traditional urban studies generally focus on the exclusive analysis of statistical and field data, which are usually limited to observing the physical characteristics of spaces, leaving aside the observation of people, the users of these spaces.

 

The Bosque de Chapultepec is the largest cultural and recreational facility in the country; It is the largest urban forest in Mexico City that, in 2019 alone, received almost 24 million visitors. Given its characteristics, it is considered part of the heritage of the city and even of the country. For this reason, any project that involves large-scale works in this area arouses the interest and, in some cases, even the suspicion of some citizen groups. In this sense, the Federal Government, in coordination with the Government of Mexico City, has developed the Bosque de Chapultepec Cultural Complex Project that seeks to enhance the historical, environmental and cultural heritage of the Forest.

 

This study implements methodologies for the analysis of spaces in the different areas of the three sections of the Chapultepec Forest, with the purpose of directing the decision-making of urban and architectural design related to their regeneration, based on the observation of people as a first analysis method.

 

From the production of new data that allow understanding relationships between forms and uses of spaces, coupled with a more classical analysis of existing information, it will be possible to obtain an X-ray of the current state of the Chapultepec Forest. With this, it is proposed to generate tools to stimulate the development of social dynamics and the appropriation of public spaces through design.