Mexico may have the first sustainable model city in the world


By Eric Harrsch 

Design, sustainability, natural energy, and comfort are part of this ambitious project that is already a reality.

The first sustainable model city in the world will be on the Isla de la Piedra in the municipality of Mazatlan, Sinaloa. Its name is Amaitlán, which in Nahuatl means Land of Rest.

Due to its geographical position, the Isla de la Piedra is a perfect place for this great work, since it is located within a unique climate strip in the world that allows the climate to be temperate throughout the year.

The most recognized urban planner in the world, the Brazilian architect Jaime Lerner, winner of the Maximum Environment Prize awarded by the UN, is the designer of the master plan for this project that seeks to integrate and care for the environment, society and quality of life. .

This sustainable work is made up of 2,400 hectares of land,  where there is a mangrove tree reserve, 14 kilometers of lagoons and 18 kilometers of beach. Likewise, 8 new towns will be built, 2,500 houses on the beach and in a central park, there will be spaces for villas, apartments, retirement area and commerce, in addition to the hospital, educational area and a natural marina, the largest in America Latin.

Photo: Amaitlán Garden City.

To avoid air pollution and generate the least possible damage to nature, there will be a use of mixed energy; solar, by gas burning and conventional, and public lighting will work with solar energy and biomass.

Sustainable characteristics of Amaitlán

70% of the island’s surface will be conserved as a green area and 95% of the buildings will not exceed the height of the palm trees, which was determined to be 18 meters. Transportation will be by electric cars, carts, horses, bicycles, and by sea.

In Amaitlán, the aim is to achieve 100% recycling of garbage and wastewater, and it wants to implement a compost system using organic waste for the natural fertilization of plants and gardens within the city. According to its developers, upon completion of all construction stages within 25 years, Amaitlán will generate 370,000 jobs, 92,500 direct and 277,500 indirect.

Photo: Amaitlán Garden City.

Amaitlán is an example of how we should move towards better urban plans that respect and integrate nature and where the quality of life is a shared responsibility of the inhabitants and designers of the future cities of the world.

Will this dream become a reality?


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