MPV architecture

Mercando en la ciudad

Mexico City (MX)


This research proposed a study area among several blocks in the historic centre of Mexico City, in which the experience in the street that is lived on a daily basis was heeded.

In Mexico City, the market of the historical centre is a great tourist attractor in regards of the multiple items that can be found. There are different types of artefacts to display products for sale in the market, which can be established everywhere.

In the public markets, a great part of the daily life of a city is developed. The simple fact of looking for, haggling over products, discuss and interact in society, shapes the cultural wealth.

Through these practices and the different objects involved, particular data of a community can be known.

Vegetation and pedestrian circulation

The sidewalk is 3.00m, primary used by street vendors and ware. Some people walk sections on the footway and then change to the pavement.


The pavement is 7.60m, used by cars with difficulty because of the huge flow of people walking on this section, while the sidewalk is occupied by retailers.

Specifically in these streets of the historical centre, the public road is not fulfilling its primary function, as it does not attend the needs of the people who use it.

· Is there a more flexible and inclusive urban planning that adapts to these conditions?

· How can the architecture contribute in a context where misappropriation teems and the artefacts are not taken into account in space?

· Can strategies be used and reinterpreted in an architectural practice?


The action plan is based on new functional margins that adapt to the actual necessities of the area, not forgetting the minimum requirements of the street in Mexico City. The margins and urban planning include:

  1. 1. Pavement renewal
  2. 2. Pedestrian lighting
  3. 3. Incorporation of vegetation

4. Accessibility ramps

5. Crosswalk and stop indication

6. Urban furniture