The urban galaxies of Mexico

Mexico, 2012. Ernesto Valero Thomas (EVTh)

The initial target of this research is to formulate a cartographic experience to interpret the sustainability in some of the emerging metropolitan areas of Mexico. The patterns of living and working within some of the emerging metropolitan areas of Mexico will define the development of Mexico in the coming decades.

The information provided by periodical national census and metropolitan studies show that Mexico has mutated from a centralized urban dynamic to multiple urban areas. Today, a solid tendency demonstrates that in Mexico the “monopoly of the urban” by Mexico City is declining while the population growth rate in other human settlements is increasing. In terms of sustainable urban development this tendency offers the opportunity to emphasize the attention towards the emerging landscapes of Mexico.

Since the 1980’s the proportion of the total urban population related to the Metropolitan Area of the Valley of Mexico (MAVM) has declined in 9.5% despite the fact that the MAVM has grown 1.1% per year from 1980-2010.[i] Around 67 million urban dwellers from Mexico live outside the MAVM. For the last 30 years the “urban Mexico” has been disseminated throughout the territory. Nowadays 118 human settlements in Mexico have a population within a spectrum that goes from 100,000 to 5,000,000 people.[ii]

Urban Galaxies. Author: Ernesto Valero Thomas (EVTh)
Urban Galaxies. Author: Ernesto Valero Thomas (EVTh)
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