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Plaza Bicentenario

Mexico City, Mexico

In commemoration of the bicentenary of the Revolution and Independence of Mexico, City staff called for an international competition to design a celebratory plaza in what is currently an old derelict public space with a heritage Jesuit church constructed in the 16th century. The Bicentenary plaza is situated at the east end of one of Mexico City’s main arterial roads that originates at the central main plaza or Zocalo. The design proposal looks into celebrating the series of public open spaces or “events” occurring along this axis culminating at the plaza. The plaza was designed as a grand gathering place fit for traditional celebrations, concerts or movie projections. Future development areas were also determined and designed in a manner that frames and addresses the plaza from all sides. The symbol of the eagle breaking free, an emblem of Mexico’s independence, is found in the central sculpture.

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