Eco-Pavilion 2015

Location: San Rafael, Mexico City
Project Status: Completed

Since its foundation until nowadays, Mexico City has suffered a lot of drastic changes in both its urban and landscape context. From being a settlement in the middle of a 5 lakes system it changed to the palaces’ city and at last it converted itself in a yield for gigantic housing developments. The megalopolis founded in a marshy ground had to suffer a big transformation to be able to let its infinite growing. Today, since some decades ago, it is able to subsist because in the deeper ground functions one of the most complex hydraulic infrastructures of the world: a system of pipes and pumps capable of dislodging between 59 and 74 m3/s of pluvial and residual water from Mexico’s Basin. Today, this system continues growing through the Easter Emisor Tunnel, for its initials in spanish TEO, the palent’s largest drainage. Paradoxically, the city of lakes has become the city of shortage. To prove water to a population over 20 thousand, its necessary to import approximately 19m3/s of water and extract form subsoil more than 40m3/s. This situation has triggered a dramatic transformation of the ground where the metropolis is biult, this way causing several sinking. During the last 100 years the central zone of the city sank at least 10 meter, which means an estimation of 10 cm per year. But how can we make the population consciouss about the hydric paradox they are libing everyday? The city has been able to erase all the prints of its hydrical past. Ar few milestones that speak about the enormous efforts that have been made to achieve the water supply and drainage for Mexico City since big infrastruture is buried deep underground. Nowadays is built at 150m depth the TEO, a pipeline of 62km length, crossing from South to North Mexico’s Metropolitan Area, made to fit a series of rings of 1.5m formed by seven segments and a key precast concrete that when joint reach an internal diameter of 7.5m and an outer one of 8.4m. This monumental art piece can and will only be seen in the time of its cnstructions and only by the people involved in its building. The Eco-Pavilion 2015 ends up in the perfect oportunity to show the supernatural efforts inw hich mexico City has invested to substist. Why not setting up one of these rings in Mathias Goeritz courtyard? We want to generate a forum inside one of the pieces that conform the deep drainage, which after 10 weeks of being exposed in the Experimental Museum El Eco, will go back to a depth of 150m. With 1.5m of height, TEO’s ring will be placed in the middle of the yard. The level of finished floor will be kept inside the ring and will rise through a wooden structure and a bed of asphalt gravel 60cm outside thereof, this way representing the sinking that has suffered from the area due to the extraction of groundwater since it was built Eco.