El Bajio is the last
piece left of urban land to be developed in the metropolitan area of
Guadalajara, in the Municipality of Zapopan.
With more than
200 hectares, this area is located next to the natural reserve park of La
Primavera Mountains, and it is the main stormwater recharge area in the city. The municipal government of Zapopan invited
HLA along with urban designers RDP from Mexico City to propose a master plan
and land use plan for the entire area.
HLA was in charge to define the green system of interconnected parks,
natural reserves, green infrastructure and urban landscape that would be the
main factor to shape the master
plan. Public transportation, bike lanes
and pedestrian routes were introduced in the area. Existing views towards the iconic mountains
and other natural elements of reference which constitute the spirit of the
place were identified and protected as cultural patrimony.