Ecco will fuse nature and culture into a vital social network at the periphery of Oaxaca’s historic center. The flow of the buildings supports both the park and cultural activities within a fabric of layered programs that plays along with the site's topography.
Oaxaca, officially Estado Libre y Soberano de Oaxaca (English: Free and Sovereign State of Oaxaca) is one of the 31 states which, along with the Federal Distric, comprise the 32 Federative entities of Mexico. It is divided into 571 municipalities, of which 418 (almost three quarters) are governed by the system of customs and traditions.
The state is best known for its indegenous people and its vast culture. These indigenous people divide themselves into different groups because of their traditions and beliefs. The group that has the most number of people and the best known are The Zapotects and Mixtecs, but there are sixteen that are officially recognized. These cultures have survived to the present due to the state’s rugged and isolating terrain. Most of these groups live in the central valleys region, which is also an important area for tourism, at tracing people to its archeological sites such as Monte Albán.
For this reason, the reaction to my project is to position the park as a public space injected with programmatic activities that will celebrate and respond to the community, to its historic precedents and its future as a rich source of the culture to Mexico.