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Resilient Mexico City 2020
Since Mexico City is one of the biggest cities in the World I´m taking a modular approach (defining first a perimeter =module and then working on more modules around the city). First a module and then repeat in the rest of the city. In 2010 Mexico City´s Government took a modular approach with bicycles and this plan will be expanded in 2011. My plan is to work together with the bicycle program and then expand to more modules in the city.
This is the map of the first module of a program of bicycles for rent in certain neighborhoods in Mexico City. The bicycle network has 85 stations with a total of 1114 bicycles around this neighborhoods. You get a prepaid electronic card. You swipe a card in a module and can park it in a different module later. Every station is connected through GPRS (Global Packet Radio Service)
For Spanish https://www.ecobici.df.gob.mx/home/home.php
Video in Spanish but you get the concept http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhQ2G2zBH_s
The bicycle network is surrounded by subway-metro and bus-metrobus stations. It´s very convenient to hop into a bicycle after you get out of the subway. It´s practical, healthy, fun and cheap!!!
Metrobus has won an award by Harvard for being a creative environmentally friendly solution http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/NEWS/0,,contentMDK:2238754...
The Ecobici network will expand in 2011 to more neighborhoods, stations and bicycles.
Ecobici is part of Mexico City´s GREEN PLAN (Plan Verde)
Video in English http://vimeo.com/4062864
Now this is how I see Ecobici. I call it Ecobici Advanced:
Ecobibi Advanced: It includes solar panels, water collection and some food growing in each of the current
Garages into Community Urban Farms
Ecobici is a pretty bold move in Mexico City. Is taking out a lot of parking space, which is perfect!!! What we
need is yet two more bold moves before 2020:
1.- Every Ecobici station turns into a water collecting roof in every station that works also as a solar
collection roof-station too.
2.- Every semi-informal Garage (a lot of them in Mexico City and they pollute the ground with oils spills and are
an extremely inefficient use of space) within the Ecobici perimeter must turn into a Community Urban Farm.
Multi-storied garages must turn their last floor into a Community Urban Farm.
Ecobici plan is encouraging with very visible steps the use of the bicycle and discouraging the use of the car.
This plan is the next step:
Mexico City 2020 my Map
I worked within the exact same perimeter as the Ecobici perimeter. Iit seems to be experimental ground
for the Green Plan of Mexico City.
Here is some stuff that can be done:
Community Urban Farms in semi-informal garages, large roofs used for solar and collecting water. I chose mainly
schools, churches, iconic buildings and public buildings for this task. Yet it can be done in so many private
buildings and houses. Taking the modular approach we can start with one area and then expand to
the rest of the city.
2020 looks really green in Mexico City!!!
PLEASE REMEMBER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DIALOGUE OF THE COMMUNITY URBAN FARMS http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/copying-the-internet