Watertown, MA – [January 13, 2017] – Sasaki has been awarded the highest honor given by the AIA in the category of urban design for its Framework Plan for Mexico’s Tecnológico de Monterrey (Monterrey Tec). According to a study by the university, the result of the framework plan has stimulated a surge of private investment in excess of $1 billion for the district surrounding Monterrey Tec, an institution commonly referred to as the “MIT of Mexico”.
The Monterrey Tec private university system consists of 31 campuses across 25 Mexican cities. The plan for the flagship campus of 15,000 students is driven by an integrated and sustainable vision of human development and education, where Monterrey Tec is a major catalyst for the rise of Mexico’s innovation economy. The plan is already having a powerful revitalizing force for both the university and the city as a whole, spurring private development investment in and around campus since implementation began in 2016.
“The possibilities unlocked by this plan are tremendous and far-reaching. We are gratified in seeing the plan realized and driving rapid development in such a short time,” says Sasaki principal and principal in charge on the project, Dennis Pieprz, Honorary ASLA. “It is an immense honor for the team at Sasaki to be acknowledged by the AIA for this work.”
One of Mexico’s most affluent cities and the third largest metropolitan area in the country, Monterrey, had seen its urban core deteriorate. In a watershed moment, the university’s board of trustees recognized Monterrey Tec could be instrumental in regenerating adjacent neighborhoods of the city, realizing that walling themselves in for years had in fact contributed to the neglect and lack of safety in the district. Sasaki’s framework sparked the desire for a more integrated future between the university and the city, strategically reconnecting the two with a strong public realm and creating new mixed-use clusters that actively support new economies.
A close collaboration with the Tec’s Infrastructure and Citizen-Centered Urbanism Department, and with ongoing community input, Sasaki’s framework plan provides a roadmap for a new kind of partnership between the university and the city. In addition to the early $1B in development, new mixed-use districts adjacent to the university will continue to attract investment from allied industries, allowing Monterrey Tec to serve as an engine for the transformation of the city.
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