Villa 20 is an informal settlement within the city of Buenos Aires dating from the 1940s. Today, it is undergoing an integral upgrading process, where a strong participatory process cross-cuts and structures all decisions and interventions. It is an opportunity to switch to a more sustainable development pathway and contribute to systemic urban change.
The historic downtown of Recife has a rich heritage and good infrastructure, but has suffered from deprivation and emptying processes along the years. The area hosts an important innovation project, the Porto Digital, that is helping to transform the area, but is in need of acceleration towards sustainability and systemic change.
The Edgar Gayoso district is the result of a national social housing policy that produced millions of houses departed from city centers and lacking urban amenities and qualified urban spaces. The neighborhood has concentrated social and environmental vulnerabilities, and requires a systemic urban transformation to improve the quality of life of its residents.
León has had a sustained economic growth in the last two decades due to its leather industry and, more recently to the auto industry. The counterpart has been urban sprawl, air pollution, water shortages and a car-dependent urban model. There is an opportunity to implement the first low-emissions zone in Mexico, foster active mobility and promote a shift in the mindsets of its citizens.
Once an industrial city, Naucalpan is facing redevelopment pressures due to its location close to one of the business districts of Mexico City. However, business-as-usual urbanization lacks sustainable and inclusive criteria, and exacerbates the environmental urban problems of Mexico City. An alternative urban model is proposed, with public space at the core of the project.