The Metropolitan Area of León - How To Share Land and Landscape

León 2013 / Mexico
Professionnal workshop
22 November 2013 / 6 December 2013

The recent development of the Metropolitan Area of León has created a hybrid space which we can read as a mosaic of different elements with varied uses, identities and sizes; installed as autonomous elements rather than having been planned on a bigger scale as part of a whole; a dynamic of individual initiatives based on the market forces and on the availability of spaces.
This politics of growth, where a disjointed puzzle has piece after piece added to it, creates a porous matrix, full of gaps and absences. From this point of view, one possible strategic way of seeing the city will be to rethink the Metropolitan Area of León through looking at its empty spaces, so as to reinforce its cohesion and to give a structure to its complex web; on the scale of the urban framework of León and the other urban centres of Silao, Purísima y San Francisco del Rincón, and on the wider scale of the whole conurbation.
Given the current dynamic and the trends observed, it is essential to tackle the question of coherence within the conurbation and to understand a landscape, and a shared urban environment, as a common good which transcends the limits of administrative management.


The selection of the 21 participants is conducted by the team organising the workshop, on the basis on the candidates’ professional capabilities, their experience on similar topics, their approach to the subject of the workshops, their communication skills (both in terms of language and in terms of their skill at using graphics) and their interest and enthusiasm!

To apply, please send an email by Sunday 8th September 2013 at the latest to, with one single PDF document (file name: SURNAME_first name) containing the following elements:
▸ Completed Application form (which can be downloaded from
▸ CV (1 or 2 pages long)
▸ One or two pages in which you explain the nature of your interest in participating in the workshop, the skills/ experiences which you can build on, and above all your initial ideas on the topic (either in text form and/or using graphics).
The results of the selection will be announced between two and three weeks later.


Deadline for applications : September 8, 2013
Announcement of selected participants : September 2013
Workshop from November 22nd to December 6th 2013


Pilots: Rémi Ferrand, architect-engineer and Oriol Monfort, architect- town-planner
Assistant Pilots: Thomas Casanova, architect- town-planner, Marion Joly, architect
Supervising the project, from Les Ateliers : Claire Vigé Hélie and Léa Morfoisse


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