Cuernavaca Railway Linear Park

Submission: October 14, 2016
Registration: September 09, 2016
Language: English, Spanish
Location: Mexico
Prizes: 1st Prize: contract of $19,500,000 MXN
Type: Open


The Mexico City Government, via the Secretaría de Desarrollo Urbano y Vivienda SEDUVI (Department of Housing and Urban Development) and the Borough of Miguel Hidalgo (the Convening Committee, see Glossary for description), with the participation of SAC-G (Granadas Cooperative Operating Area) is putting out a call to teams of urban designers, architects, and landscape architects who are interested in participating in the Cuernavaca Railway Linear Park International Architecture and Landscape Design Competition. Participants may be both Mexican and international.

In order to ensure transparency and guarantee that the best architectural proposal is selected, the Convening Committee designates the CAM-SAM (Mexico City Institute of Architecture, Mexico City Association of Architects) (“CAM-SAM” by its Spanish acronym), as the competition’s Technical Coordinator.

The Cuernavaca Railway Linear Park will be built within the area granted by bailment to the Borough of Miguel Hidalgo by Ferrocarril y Terminal del Valle de México S.A. de C.V. (the Valley of Mexico Railway and Terminal Corporation).

Recovering residual urban spaces, including unused railways, has become a global trend as a strategy to reclaim public space. The borough of Miguel Hidalgo in Mexico City aims to recover the underutilized infrastructure of the Cuernavaca Railway and turn it into a dynamic public space. To this end, the borough is calling for projects from teams of architects, urban designers, and landscape architects, both Mexican and international, who wish to participate in the Cuernavaca Railway Linear Park International Design Competition.

The project seeks to honor the site’s history while responding to an imminent need for green and recreational spaces, and to expand opportunities for the local community to interact with one another in the public space.

The Conveners request for innovative proposals to recover railway infrastructure located on the rails of the former Cuernavaca Railway, in the stretch between two thoroughfares, the Avenida Ejército Nacional and the Calzada de los Gallos, and to transform these urban remains into a public space that uses the landscape as water-management infrastructure. The linear park will be 4.6km in length. It will promote responsible rainwater management, which will be used both for park maintenance and to reinsert rainwater into the aquifer. Additionally, it will enhance social development and sustainable mobility within the region.

Diverse structures, including bridges, industrial buildings, bicycle lanes, avenues, museums, high- and low-density housing, and city infrastructure, are part of the urban fabric that runs through, bounds, and contrasts with the study area. Given this, proposals should be sensitive both to the complexity and diversity of the surroundings, and the specific needs of the local community. Additionally, proposals should respond to the objectives, rules, and regulations laid out in the Competition Rules document. This Competition represents an unequivocal opportunity to transform the urban landscape of Mexico City.

A select jury of architects, landscape architects, urban designers, and community leaders will judge all qualified submissions based on the criteria laid out in the attached the Cuernavaca Railway Linear Park Competition Brief. For additional information on the eligibility criteria, submission requirements, evaluation criteria, project requirements, and important deadlines, please consult www.parquelinealfc.mx

The winners of the competition will be awarded a contract of $19,500,000 MXN for the architectural project of the 4.6km railway corridor.

 PUBLICATION OF CALL FOR ENTRIES:                          Monday, August 22, 2016
 REGISTRATION DEADLINE:                                          Friday, September 9, 2016

 Q & A PERIOD (E-MAIL):                                                      August 22 – 23, 2016
 DEADLINE TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS:                             Friday, October 14, 2016, at 6:00 pm
 ANNOUNCEMENT OF 5 FINALISTS:                                Friday, October 21, 2016, at 6:00 pm
 FINALISTS CONFIRM PARTICIPATION:                         Monday, October 24, 2016, at 6:00 pm

The 5 competition finalists will be compensated $100,000.00 (one hundred thousand Mexican pesos and 00/100 cents) plus tax (“IVA” by its Spanish acronym) to cover the costs of developing the project during Phase II.

 SITE VISIT AND CLARIFICATION MEETING:                    Monday, November 7, 2016
 COMMUNITY DIALOGUE SESSIONS:                             Monday, November 7-11, 2016
 DEADLINE TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS:                             Friday, December 5, 2016, at 6:00 pm
 PRESENTATION OF PROPOSALS:                                 Friday, December 9, 2016
 ANNOUNCEMENT OF COMPETITION DECISION:              Friday, December 13, 2016
 AWARDS CEREMONY:                                                 Monday, December 16

Go to the competition’s website