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MLA Thesis

Qiwei Song
2018 – Thesis Advisor: Fadi Masoud

Topographic Urban Expansion- A Landscape Armature on the hillsides of Mexico City

As Mexico City continues to add to its population, geologic, economic, social, and historical factors and constraints have pushed development and irregular settlements to the hillsides of the city's peripheries.

Current informal urbanization patterns lack infrastructural provisions and open space, which increases social inequality. My thesis introduces a topographic landscape strategy that acts an open space armature for future development on the hills of Mexico City. 

By connecting and planting hydraulic buffers along steep slopes and introducing topographic interventions in connected bands of open space, the project proposes social, ecological, economic, and cultural amenities that support and sustain the inevitability of this growth pattern.