Water at the Edge: Towards Water Independence for Mexico City’s INFONAVIT Housing

by Ciara Stein (MLA I/ MUP ’21)

“Water at the Edge” envisions a new hydrologically autonomous model for social housing at the urban periphery of Mexico City. Leveraging Tatiana Bilbao’s design for the Apan Housing Laboratory, the project proposes infrastructure and spaces to capture and collectively hold water through the rainy and dry seasons.

Plans of test sites one and two.

The flexible structure of housing and shared spaces can expand and contract depending on site and need, also allowing for staggered development. “Water at the Edge” seeks to flip the image of extreme abandonment at the urban periphery and make it the basis of a new proposal that promotes civic life and water independence.