Published On: Wed, Nov 22nd, 2017

Merida Council and Harvard U. collaborate on urban development for Merida

Harvard University students from The Graduate School of Design have published their most recent research work on Merida’s urban development. The book-length document will be taken into consideration by Merida’s city council to keep improving the city…

MERIDA — With two articles related to the new needs of housing in the capital of Yucatan, the City of Merida has participated in the research of Harvard University’s School of Design, entitled “The Urban and the Territorial: Housing in Merida, Yucatan”, which is a compilation of projects from masters students, at the most prestigious university in USA, with innovative housing proposals that include urban and territorial analysis.

Students from The Graduate School of Design at Harvard University visited Merida as part of the project “Repensando la vivienda social en México” and the “Mexican Cities” initiative, which it has been carrying out for a couple of years at the request of the National Fund for Housing of Workers.

This study, with a diagnostic and proactive nature, evaluates the public policies for housing that have been established in Mexico, as well as the impacts that these have on the cities. It also identifies the key players in the sector, the regulatory framework and the financial aspects.

According to a statement, the researchers met with the Municipal Institute of Planning of Merida (Implan) to know about the Municipal Urban Development Program (PMDU). After having a tour around the city, the students of the master’s degree chose Merida as an example for their housing proposals.

Book elaborated by the Harvard students that lead the research (Photo: Diario de Yucatán)



These works today are reflected in a book published by Harvard University that includes the articles “Rethinking housing, an opportunity for a correctly structured urban development in Mérida”. Mayor Mauricio Vila Dosal recognizes the value of the work carried on by the Harvard researchers in Merida, and “Vision of housing in Merida: citizen contribution derived from the process of elaboration of the Municipal Program of Urban Development “, by Edgardo Bolio Arceo, director of Implan.

“Housing in Mérida, the urban and the territorial” was an academic work headed by the coordinator of that faculty, Diane E. Davis, as well as the architect and professor of the prestigious Harvard University, José Castillo and Rubén Segovia, respectively.

The book has 276 pages and has abundant graphics, photos, architectural plans and several georeferences in full color that help the reader understand the dynamics of housing and its context in the urbanization of Merida. The edition, in English, includes an analysis of the territorial growth of the capital in the last 25 years and the challenges posed by urban redensification for the future of the city, among other topics.

Source: www.yucatan.com.mx

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