Synthetic ecology : revisiting Mexico City's lakes project
Author(s)Daou, Daniel (Daou Ornelas)
Revisiting Mexico City's lakes project
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.
Dennis Frenchman and Alexander D'Hooghe.
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Mexico City was founded 700 years ago on man made islets in the middle of a lake. Today, it faces a contradictory situation were water is running scarce, but simultaneously the city runs the risk of drowning in its own sewage. A series of past projects -all addressing the hydrological imbalance- outline a lineage that makes pin pointing the intellectual coordinates of the present project easier. Taking Mexico City's Metropolitan Basin as an excuse, this thesis aims at systematizing an approach to deal with projects at scales that oscillate between the metropolitan region and the watershed. Synthetic Ecology is proposed for this purpose as the pluralistic and inclusive coexistence of urbanism, landscape design and engineering understood as autonomous fields.
Thesis (M.C.P.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning; and, (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 2011.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (p. 77-78).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Urban Studies and Planning., Architecture.