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El Huerto DistritoTec



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Project for Public Spaces
December 14, 2017

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

In February 2016, a team of Sustainable Development Engineering students from Tecnologico de Monterrey University turned a vacant lot into a community garden in the Monterrey neighborhood of Colonia Tecnologico, one of 24 neighborhoods integrating DistritoTec, an urban regeneration polygon initiative by the University. Set to last one year, the garden also included social, learning, and working space. The project goal was to enable a space for community engagement and learning topics related to urban farming. And, as part of DistritoTec, a top priority of activating the space was to increase public safety within it by making it more usable. The space featured wooden benches, picnic tables, and wooden wire spools repurposed as tables for social and workspaces. Volunteers built the two semi-enclosed greenhouses using PVC pipes, wooden pallets, and concrete buckets. The project was a true community effort, utilizing volunteer power to build and maintain the space, technical knowledge from the University’s experts, and additional support from local social service groups. Through the year-long activation, the community was not just able to engage with the space’s multiple uses, but imagine it’s potential beyond the activation. By diligently documenting the experience, organizers hope to encourage its replication in other underutilized spaces around the city.

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Comfort & Image

Uses & Activities


How Light?

The space featured recycled and easily movable materials such as wooden benches and tables, PVC pipes, wooden pallets, and small concrete buckets.

How Quick?

The project took two and a half months to build and it lasted one year.

How Cheap?

The DistritoTec initiative’s social project fund provided the $4,500 USD project budget.

History & Background

Related Links & Sources

Images: DistritoTec

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