Hydric Park La Quebradora

Location: Iztapalapa, Mexico City
Project Status: In progress

Mexico’s basin is actually in a paradoxical situation between the hydric stress and the excess of pluvial water, which year by year is present causing serious trouble not only to the urban and natural environment, but the habitants in it. This reality can be easily seen in Iztapalapa territory, the one with more habitants in Mexico City as well as the one with most population living in poverty. Thanks to its geographical situation, which includes part of Sierra Santa Catalina and a big portion of the past Texcoco’s Lake, the entity has suffered historically both inundations and lack of water. Nevertheless, there are possibilities of making small interventions with huge impact as the Hydric Park La Quebradora, so we could be able to solve a big amount of the problematic this demarcation deals with. In 2013, Iztapalapa delegation asked UNAM’s Institute of Social Investigations to realize a diagnose concerning the hydric situation of this entity based on the one developed in Acupunturas Hidrourbanas Iztapalapa project. This project let us identify many sites inside Iztapalapa that were options to start acupuncture projects for improving the management of water in base of urban design and the understanding of landscape as an infrastructure. Also a series of strategies were defined perfect to be developed en those places, same that can be implemented in a group way so they complement among them. Here is where the Hydric Park La Quebradora rises as the first “Hydroubran Acupuncture proposal”. This project lies in the property known as “La Quebradora”, downhill Santa Catalina mountain chain. Nowadays this piece of land works as an open sky soak away, that without any other purpose it has become in no one’s land which generated insecurity and the splitting of surrounding colonies. Although the infiltrating function of the property’s ground have reduce the number of inundations in Calz. Ermita Iztapalapa, only few people recognize this quality and instead they are concerned because of the social problematic present. The IIS UNAM team, coordinated by Dr. Manuel Perló Cohen and Arq. Loreta Castro Reguera Mancera, gave a proposal that consists in changing the capacity of property’s infiltration in a significant better water usage. For making this possible, they suggest a project that acts not only in one level but in different at a time giving this way solutions to many problems generated in the zone: infrastructure level through the creation of three spaces of caption, infiltration and storage of pluvial water; park level by implementing a public space for a population of approximately 35,000 people that will generate safe spaces and activities to reduce in youth delinquency; city level by improving the not motorized mobility towards the principal ways of communication through the park; divulgation level because this project institutes a Divulgation Experimental Center and Water Studies (CEDE Agua) and also in the lookout level as making better a spot from where all these actions are perceptible. Through the action describes above, it will be possible to see how reaching an acupuncture project can be to the city. These punctual but with huge impact strategies make possible a sustainable water management inside Mexico’s basin. We find ourselves in front of one of the few existing possibilities to start acting in favor of hydric sustainability in Mexico City.