SAC: What is their Commitment to Transforming Cities?
Wrriten by: Redacción Sordo Madaleno | May 7, 2018
The urban transformations to which Mexico City has been subject are the result of different historical factors that cannot be erased from the collective memory of its citizens. These range from natural disasters, such as the terrible earthquakes it has experienced, to socio-demographic issues, such as the uncontrolled growth of the city due to migration.
Each of these events has given rise to government-led initiatives and solutions to improve urban and living conditions for the city’s inhabitants. However, an essential starting point for the implementation of these official programs is that the actors involved safeguard the right to decent housing, together with the collective interest of society.
What has the government done?
While there have been successes and failures, it is worth emphasizing the introduction of the Cooperative Action Systems (Sistemas de Actuación de Cooperación or SACs). These are officially defined as instruments that seek to bring together different stakeholders–public, private and social—in a single body, with the aim of channeling resources towards local improvements and combining sustainable projects to transform an urban area.
In Mexico City, SACs have been established by the city government to regenerate zones with significant urban development potential. Sectors including Alameda-Reforma, Las Granadas, Tacubaya and La Mexicana in Santa Fe were treated as hubs of action thanks to their cultural and economic activity. These, in theory, will provide opportunities to bring about the redistribution of the population, improve public infrastructure and promote territorial equity.
SMA’s involvement with SACs
One of our leitmotifs as an architecture firm is a focus on urban transformation as a trigger for architectural forms that dialogue with their surroundings in a fluid manner, one that favors the user and the economic, social and natural context of the site.
In recent times, Cooperative Action Systems have been inherently connected with several of our projects, which promote their connection with the city and the intention of developing a zone of social, economic and architectural regeneration to become new icons of contemporary Mexican architecture.
The introduction of these instruments in the development of the design of these projects has been quite important because, from the background of the union between different sectors and their social commitment, it is possible to include and improve the uses of the area in order to encourage inhabitants from different sectors to remain and, therefore, bring about the desired urban transformation in our era.
SMA is developing each new project on the basis of this urban condition, ensuring regeneration in all spheres. However, it is up to the government to involve the population in following up on these proposals. The commitment and future of the urban strategy of the SACs in our country depend on this level of integration.