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Proving the power of Latin American universities to be engines of innovation and entrepreneurship through partnership with industry and R&D communities

Tecnol贸gico de Monterrey Urban Regeneration Plan

Client
Tecnol贸gico de Monterrey
Location
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Size
500 hectares
Services
Planning and Urban Design
Additional Services
Space Planning
Architecture
Landscape Architecture
Status
Completed 2014
Awards
American Institute of Architects, Honor Award, Regional & Urban Design
Boston Society of Architects, General Award for Campus Planning
The Ministry of Agrarian, Land and Urban Development (SEDATU) Mexico, National Prize for Urban and Regional Development
Perspectives 2015 The CITYPLAN Award
American Planning Association, The Pierre L’Enfant International Planning Excellence Award
Boston Society of Landscape Architects, Merit Award 鈥 Landscape Analysis and Planning
Society for College and University Planning, Honor Award for Excellence in Planning for an Existing Campus

All over the world, cities and major universities are collaborating to create new economies and regenerate society. Tecnol贸gico de Monterrey is positioned to become a leader in stimulating national urban and economic regeneration鈥攁nd prove the power of Latin American universities as engines of innovation and entrepreneurship. Tecnol贸gico de Monterrey has set an objective to become one of the top 100 global universities, and the best university in Latin America.

In response to this vision, Sasaki’s urban regeneration plan for Tecnol贸gico de Monterrey establishes a framework for the long-term evolution of the campus and adjoining neighborhoods. The plan creates an environment in the university context that will attract significant research and development investment, while transforming the community into a lively, attractive, dynamic, and integrated district.

The master plan supports the strategic goals of the university through the development of research and graduate programs, the recruitment of top national and international faculty and students, targeted investment in innovative learning environments, and physical reorganization to achieve greater interdisciplinary collaboration. This is coupled with the development of new partnerships with business and industry entrepreneurs that generate the potential for higher levels of research and product innovation. With close proximity to the academic core, new mixed-use research districts are created to encourage a healthy relationship between the academic community, knowledge industries, and the larger Monterrey community.

The Monterrey campus鈥攁lready an attractive and vibrant community鈥攊s designed to provide a modern, beautiful environment that supports collaborative and interdisciplinary learning and problem-solving, with academic, cultural, social, residential, and athletic facilities. The whole campus becomes a classroom, where the many forms of learning come together to create a unique and holistic experience.

Guided by the conviction that a great university requires a vibrant and successful surrounding community, the master plan outlines strategic improvements within adjoining neighborhoods that have an immediate impact on the community. Through an ongoing community outreach process, the master plan proposes improvements to the neighborhoods such as improved parks, better security, and improved streets and public realm to support walking and biking, making the neighborhoods more sustainable and desirable areas for living and working.

With the objective of advancing the regeneration of the campus and adjoining neighborhoods, Sasaki is undertaking detailed architectural and landscape studies for key areas within the master plan:

  • The existing library will be transformed into a bold and dynamic 21st-century learning environment. It will be a crossroads for the campus encouraging transparency, engagement and collaboration.
  • At the heart of the new student and faculty commons district, the new TecXXI Exchange Pavilion will serve as a focal point and meeting place for assemblies, social events, and the exchange of ideas.
  • The existing Borregos stadium will be redeveloped as a 15,000-spectator facility on a new site that will enhance integration with the adjoining neighborhood, and become Mexico’s premier collegiate football stadium.
  • A state-of-the-art 11,000-square-meter recreation center will integrate a gymnasium and an Olympic-sized pool with expanded exercise and recreation facilities. Together with new playing fields it will define a green connection from the campus to the new stadium.
  • With input from the community, the existing Parque Tecnol贸gico is reimagined as a vital center of urban life in the Tecnol贸gico neighborhood, and an engine of change and reinvestment in the nearby neighborhoods.

The resulting master plan is an inspiring and achievable vision that positions Tecnol贸gico de Monterrey to become the best university in Latin America, and a catalyst for regeneration and renewed investment in the neighboring districts and the greater City of Monterrey.

For more information contact Dennis Pieprz.

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