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Alternative Urban Features


Utopian ideals and a sociological imagination have long been a part of constructive urban practice. The MCI seeks to identify and foster innovative art, design, and policy practices suited to a city’s existent built form, but which also hold the potential to generate the production of alternative urban futures. In addition to taking seriously the role of a wide array of urban policy institutions and political actors in achieving such aims, the Mexican Cities Initiative hopes to inspire new forms of engagement with citizens so as to acknowledge or enhance their role in constructing alternative urban futures.  The projects presented here show an array of techniques and imaginative practices that hold the potential to create new forms of knowledge about cities and their futures, coming from the perspective of citizens, governing authorities, and design professionals alike.