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Monterrey Tec campus in Mexico City, a new model of higher education


Urban Planning  /  Future

Monterrey Tec, with its extraordinary and continuously expanding influence across the spectrum of Mexican education and society, is poised to become a leader in stimulating urban and economic regeneration, showcasing the power of Latin American universities as engines of innovation and entrepreneurship. Following the tragic and devastating 2017 earthquake, the Tec tasked Sasaki to rebuild and expand its Mexico City campus, and reimagine a new model of higher education. A multi-helix approach to creating an "innovation ecosystem" in the district set a new paradigm for how a university can reinforce connections between academia, industry, and government, where the community and larger society are more involved in and benefit from innovation activities and urban regeneration.

The Tec’s strategic location along a subway line in Mexico City and its proximity to the largest, yet landlocked medical treatment and research cluster in Latin America, is the ideal setting for the university to fulfill its mission of transforming its urban context. Adjacent to the campus and on land owned by the university, a new innovation district allows allied industries to be co-located with the Tec. An interconnected open space network consisting of shaded sidewalks, bike lanes and a large public urban park provides the neighborhood with fields, playgrounds and gathering places. The district also boasts a dynamic mixed-use program of research, workplace, housing, an Innovation Hub, a magnet high school and other community amenities that support livability and a healthy lifestyle.

Sustainability and resilience were an integral part of the design process, harnessing how the university can help minimize resource depletion and confront climate change. Water sensitive strategies ensure the capture and reuse of rainwater across the landscape of both the campus and adjacent district. The plan also carefully preserves and integrates existing trees on site, becoming a major driver of the location of public spaces and buildings while maintaining high levels of biodiversity. Following the university’s larger decarbonization efforts, a district-wide approach to reducing energy demands informed building orientation to reduce solar heat gain, as well as the integration of photovoltaic panels and green roofs on all new structures.

The Master Plan for the Tec’s Mexico City Campus captures our ambition to rethink the relationship of the university to the surrounding urban setting; to make a new kind of contribution to the city, and to the country as a whole, and to rethink the nature of higher education in Mexico. In the academic core, the plan creates a unified learning environment that encourages project-based learning and interdisciplinary collaboration. New academic buildings break down silos between departments and promote engagement between departments, such as the Medical and Engineering Schools, that leverage the proximity of the Tec with the neighboring medical cluster. A focus on health and wellness is translated into a new state of the art recreation center located in a new campus gateway, that serves both the university and surrounding community, and integrates amenities such as a community clinic and nutrition center. Student housing, cultural facilities, hotel and shared workplace/office uses underpin a holistic learning environment. The introduction of a new innovation district in an area with privileged access to public transit provides an opportunity for surrounding industries to collaborate with the Tec. The plan’s proposed network of shaded sidewalks, bike lanes and public spaces will reduce vehicular trips and foster healthy living and a strong sense of community and social integration.

Now being implemented, the resulting plan is an inspiring vision that fosters collaboration and entrepreneurship, facilitates the rapid growth of research partnerships and stimulates engaged learning, all while re-engaging the university with its neighborhood and the larger Mexico City with an integrated, sustainable design approach.


 Ciudad de México, CDMX
 Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey
 Mixed-use innovation district and academic campus
 600000 mq
 Dennis Pieprz, Victor Eskinazi, Pablo Savid-Buteler, Junwon Kim, Tianjiao Zhang, Boxiang Xu


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