Designed by TAAU, Public Plaza is located in Tijuana, Mexico. From north to south, the main components of the square include a green façade and a new cultural centre featuring an elongated courtyard below ground for exterior exhibitions. In the central space, a giant screen and grandstand serve as complements for concerts or national holiday celebrations. On the southern end, a botanical garden and green façade act as soft boundaries and noise barrier along an adjacent road.
Contrary to the use of pedestrian bridges favoring vehicles, a proposed ‘connector’ integrates promenades and bike lanes with low-emission public transport stops along the river. This large and accessible platform at street level slopes gently to reach the pedestrian crossings at the height of the river margins while car flow is channeled through underpasses. Finally, as a key component of the intervention on a larger scale, the concrete lined channel (a city wide flood control infrastructure built in the 1970’s) is turned into a Fluvial Park, implementing wastewater treatment, wetlands and ultimately, offering an opportunity to rethink the urban landscape of the city as a whole.