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Mind the Gap


Following this metroline in the exhibition you get an impression of a huge fragmentet city, arcitectual and social. The city is divided into the poor notheasten neigbourhoods and the green middle-class areas in the south

A guard in one of Mexico Citys gated communities. Exhibition at Museum of Copenhagen 2011. Photo: Jeremy Clouser

Unconnected

Mexico City is notorious not only for its overpopulation but also for its internal fragmentation. At a metropolitan level, the city is divided between the northeast, where the poorest neighbourhoods and industrial areas are concentrated, and the southwest, where the majority of middle-class residential areas, green areas and cultural institutions are to be found. Zooming in, however, the distribution is more heterogeneous. A luxury apartment complex rises above a neighbourhood of self-built homes in a ravine: despite their proximity, they are unconnected.

Lack of urban planning

The geographical conditions, lack of urban planning and high levels of social segregation, together with a real increase in criminality and a widespread state of paranoia have led to the proliferation of fenced-off streets and gated communities in the city. In the face of this tendency towards physical and social isolation, and the limited provision of community spaces, it becomes essential to encourage the use of public space as a place for encounter, reconciliation and social integration. 

Woman with dog and daughter in leash in one of the more dangerous parks in Mexico City. Exhibition at Museum of Copenhagen 2011. Photo: Catalina HolguinTelepanic and no parking

In the theme you get to know how the limlits between private and public areas are non-existent. A special kind of crime develops in a city like this. Hear i.e. about the Telepanic. And how the population manages to handle the No Parking-rule covering the whole city.

Read more about the exhibition Citámbulos - Drifting Through the Mexican Megalopolis