The historic city center of Campeche—a UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS)—remains its only urban center, having the highest concentration of economic activities, public services, cultural heritage, tourist attractions and spaces for social interaction. However, after its designation as a WHS, the historic core of Campeche lost almost all residential functions and most administrative offices are now located downtown. As a result, the center is abandoned after 5 pm and left over to tourists. The center exercises a magnetic function on its surroundings and the periphery. Thus, the rest of the urban fabric is underserved and suffers from a lack of public spaces, infrastructure, and adequate transport connectivity.
The network of centralities seeks to regenerate the urban fabric by creating spaces that encourage people to communicate, interact and walk. During Campeche Lab we formulated an integral urban strategy for the eastern part of the city concentrating on areas with the highest population density and most vulnerable neighborhoods. The proposed project site is a social focal point because it lies between informal settlement areas and the monofunctional car-friendly developer projects. On this particular site, four interventions have been proposed to create an “axis of confluence” by facilitating social infrastructure and services as incubators for the regeneration of the neighborhood. In the long term, the strategy seeks to densify the neighboring areas while preserving the local human scale, ensuring street continuity and generating pedestrian-friendly environments.
May to October, 2014
Authors: Kerstin Pluch, Andreas Hofer, Roland Krebs