Advanced Design Studio: Bilbao

Project Description

Despite Chulavista’s close proximity to Guadalajara, this development is marred by a high percentage of abandonment and lack of nearby employment opportunities. The scarcity of basic services and disconnection to the city center makes living conditions fall far below satisfactory standards as well. After studying the continuing nearby trends in uncontrolled growth, we employed design solutions to formally and programmatically curb urban sprawl. Our project is comprised of a series of architectural, urban, and environmental interventions along the southern boundary of the site that will stimulate positive growth and reconnect the large housing development to Tlajomulco, the municipality’s center of government, and Guadalajara’s rich cultural and economic resources.

This proposal considered the new Bus Rapid Transit system already in process to connect Tlajomulco and Guadalajara, relocating residents in the most abandoned and crime-ridden areas along the development’s edge, the young population, and the low rate of car ownership of approximately 25 percent. With these factors in mind, our project provides identity and connectivity to Chulavista by creating an architectural diaphragm, or dense urban edge, that physically reinforces the Conavi or federal housing boundary. This new edge to the city provides services to support the development, mixed live-work housing strategies to accommodate local business and economy, provide recreational amenities, promote the regional agricultural practices through community farms and urban gardens, and most importantly create exterior spaces for residents to congregate during social events. Here, the linear edge city becomes the framework for Chulavista’s unique identity.