‘Metropolis’: Uchronia & Toponymy

The ‘Metropolis’project seeks to reactivate 22 buildings that are connected to the subway system from Mexico City–known as Metro; its purpose is to create a hyper-network of centers with spaces for amusement, culture, sports, commerce, and health. The aim of this project is to promote the system of public transportation as a comprehensive network with numerous services. Identifying a services route with a transportation route will turn the ‘Metro’into the main medium for urban identity: A Healthy City, An Active City, A Safe City.


Let’s imagine an alternate reality in Mexico City that made it historically possible for a parallel time–regarding urban mobility–to take place. Connected, the Metro buildings create an underground loop in which the locations meet with the transportation routines of the users.


The playful design of each building recovers its sense of place by using the name of the Metro station in which it is located. The archeology of the name revitalizes an erased, denied or buried past. When we simultaneously activate 22 past moments of the city, we interconnect the roots of its historical subsoil. The Metro becomes a time machine that juxtaposes the scenes and flux of the city. Instead of utopias, we create alternate histories: a network of urban times and fictions.

Project: Rozana Montiel Estudio de Arquitectura

Contributors: Ombeline de Laage, Karina Caballero, Louise Rouzaud, Adriana Rodríguez, Francisca López Pani 

Location : Espacio CDMX