Winner: Mixed-use project of the year 2023. Taller Capital has transformed the Héroes de Tecamac Rambla in Los Heroes Tecamac, Mexico.
"A boulevard traversing the social housing complex Los Heroes Tecamac, serving 22,078 inhabitants directly and 45,755 indirectly, lacked non-motorised mobility alleys, public spaces and suffered from dust storms caused by uncontrolled earth dumped along the central, one meter elevated median," noted Taller Capital.
This 16-metre-wide space has been transformed into a vibrant two-kilometre Rambla, helping pedestrians move from their homes to the nearest public transportation stop.
The project integrates sports courts, skate facilities, callisthenics, public toilets, children's playgrounds, an open-air forum and a bikeway.
The new linear park also controls dust storms and infiltrates water through tezontle gravel – its main material.
Judges comments: "An important project for the local community, the strong social values behind the masterplan for this new park are self-evident. Creating recreational and social spaces for the neighbouring housing is an important approach to making good cities for people for generations to come."