Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey | Querétaro, Mexico
2015, when the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey decided to revamp their
educational system they brought on Sasaki to redesign the way their students
learn—both pedagogically and spatially. This resulted in the development of the
Tec 21 Education Model, a pedagogical structure that contributes to the formation
of extraordinary professionals, with a deep commitment to society, rooted in a
humanitarian worldview, and with a keen appreciation of interdisciplinary and
collaborative learning. As
part of the design process, Sasaki produced a robust toolkit of space types and
principles that reflect new thinking in the pedagogical structure as well as
related impacts on the campus environment and adjacent communities. After
evaluating the system’s 29 campuses for the best candidate, Querétaro was
selected as the pilot campus to test and integrate this new thinking at the
overall campus level.
worked in close collaboration with the University’s Tec 21 advisory committee
and the leadership at the Querétaro campus to articulate a clear vision that
guided the overall campus framework and integration of the Tec 21 pedagogical
plan responds to its site context through a variety of conservation and
development strategies, among which are the reclaiming of valuable land into a
structured pedestrian friendly public realm, increasing connectivity amongst
different parts of campus, actively engaging with allied industry and creating
a framework for the integration of cutting edge pedagogical thinking.
critical component of the overall campus framework was to re-work vehicular
circulation within the campus. Consolidating extensive surface parking lots
into two distributed parking garages enabled the creation of an integrated
pedestrian and bike-friendly public realm in which all buildings and key
program destinations are concentrated within a five-minute walking radius. A
clear east-west pedestrian spine now links all key components of the campus
and creates a seamless transition between east and west, creating one
The Tec 21 toolkit and principles are harnessed
to help strategize and structure new building and public realm interventions
within the Querétaro campus, and to create opportunities for collaboration and
engagement with allied industries and the surrounding community.
In 2015, Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey embarked on an ambitious
program to rethink and reconsider the entire educational model at the core of
the institution. Dubbed the Tec 21 Educational Model,...
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