Over the last 20 years, Santa Fe has become
one of Mexico City’s
most important business districts, dotted with modern high rises,
shops, and the largest shopping mall in Mexico. The district
includes a residential area and college sector, the diversity of which
gives the region the potential for dynamic social interaction.
the center of the city, Ezequiel Farca’s design team saw an opportunity
to foster such social interaction in a neglected park.
Central to the
comings and goings of businesspeople, blue collar workers, and a
variety of service industries, the park held potential as both a formal
and casual gathering place, and as a place where individuals could
connect and reconnect with their community according to their own
The design team conceived of CommuniTree, an
yet pragmatic structure that functions as a community bulletin
The CommuniTree holds postings of Items for sale, items for free, jobs
offered, events and other announcements for community members or
passersby to search or casually peruse while taking a lunch break.
community members to recycle their own goods and services, the Tree
itself is created from recycled urban waste – twisted steel and wood
from damaged park benches; metal scraps from a construction yard –
reclaimed and converted into the sinew that binds a community
together. The upper portion of the sculpture allows leaves
to grow in and through its branches, making a direct connection with
the natural beauty of the park. Materials and construction
inexpensive and durable, and use of the CommuniTree is simple enough
for a child to understand.
The result is a central, recognizable
icon for the park, a gathering place, and a place of connection with
the community and the outoors.
more from Ezequiel
in 2005, an outdoor furniture line, which is made of stainless steel
structure and woven with hularo (ecologic plastic). The furniture is
resistant to outdoor, UV rays and water.
Eco Furniture Design
Sustainability, Progressiveness, Pleasing Design