Community Development Center in Tapachula / Laboratorio de Acupuntura Urbana
Text description provided by the architects. The CDC Community Development Center is an architectural complex where a series of social assistance services are offered, which promote the well-being and social participation of the population, through programs that promote better organization and interrelationships of the community. . Thanks to the CDC, it is possible to contribute to the integral development of families and communities, from a gender perspective, through programs for indigenous peoples and vulnerable groups, contributing to the improvement of public safety and the conservation of the environment, through the education of the population.
The CDC is part of a broad strategy to support the development of capacities and opportunities for the population of Tapachula, which contributes to the transformation of neighborhoods and nearby peri-urban areas into safer, more productive and more livable places. Social integration and community development will be fostered, coexistence will be encouraged and collective identity will be strengthened through access to services such as basic medical care, mental health, social work, vocational training, sports and recreation, childcare from infant to preschool level, direct food aid, social work, among others.
The project consists of two main parts: the built-up area, which consists of six modules, and the exterior area. The modules offer different services to the population, including services for children from infancy to preschool, people with disabilities, parents and people in vulnerable situations. The outdoor spaces include: a forum, an access yard, parking lots and an unloading yard. The six modules are independent of each other and provide the following services: community support, government, education and training, recreation, and CADI Child Development Attention Center.
The main entrance to the CDC is located in front of Avenida 8va Norte. The outdoor forum is accessible from the access courtyard, next to which there are stairs that provide access to the terrace of the Community Support module, promoting user comfort and the organization of outdoor cultural activities. All modules except the community support area are located on the north terrace of the property at a lower elevation than the access and are supported on stilts. This allows the infiltration of rainwater and the use of the soil with areas sheltered from the sun and rain. Access to the modules is via an elevated central corridor, which favors distant views and nature observation from a better position.
The café-park is an open and wooded space for community service, dedicated to the paths, to rest and to the cohabitation of the population. It includes walkways and rest areas, environmental interpretation trails, games, an outdoor gymnasium and children’s recreation areas, toilets and green spaces. Because the local population comes to the Parque del Café for sports and recreational activities, the main design criterion is to respect green spaces as much as possible and to rehabilitate existing facilities. The project consists of four areas: access, modules, sports & leisure and café & trails. In the access area there are parking lots, a courtyard and a natural swimming pool. The two built modules are interconnected, maintaining the architectural design line of CDC.