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CCD will be located in Guadalajara, the country’s second largest city and the home to Mexico’s “Silicon Valley.” CCD aims to attract Mexican and international creative minds to develop new digital media content. It will advance Mexico’s natural position as a global creative leader while pushing the boundaries of sustainable urban development. In short, a new model to be replicated across the country and Latin America.


CCD draws on the strengths of the site – its talent, historical fabric and connections – and enhances them to achieve a new social and environmental sustainability. The Hospicio Cabañas, as well as many courtyard buildings in the center of Guadalajara, are superbly adapted to the local climate. Not only wonderful places to be, these structures are also extremely flexible and have accommodated many uses over time. They are the organizing principle of CCD, integrating living, working and leisure in a human-scaled urban environment that can be changed, added to and adapted over time. In many cases, the courtyards are open to the public, providing more intimate spaces for outdoor dining, art shows, performances or work.  In other cases they serve more private functions for businesses or local residents. Not limited to the ground, these courts could be created on upper levels as well, providing spaces for social gatherings or collaborative work, bars and other activities, all overlooking the street and courtyards below.  As a result, a new kind of three-dimensional, “permeable” realm, blending public and private, will emerge.

CREDITS A project for Guadalajara Ciudad Creativa Digital A.C. on behalf of the Secretaría de Economía, ProMéxico, SHF, Gobernio de Jalisco, Canieti and the City of Guadalajara. Developed by Carlo Ratti Associati, together with Prof. Dennis Frenchman, Accenture, Arup, Engram Studio, Fundación Metrópoli, Mobility in Chain, MIT Senseable City Lab and Studio FM milano. Carlo Ratti Associati Team: Carlo Ratti, Jenni Young (project leader), Antonio Atripaldi, Alberto Bottero, Giovanni de Niederhausern, Andrea Cassi, Sofia Cornejo, Andrea Galanti, Pietro Leoni, Luis Mesejo, Walter Nicolino, Rene Perez Ignacio. Accenture Team: Ignacio Chacon, Carlos Niezen, Simon Giles, Serge Younes, Jen Hawes-Hewitt, Thomas Rodriguez, Guy Hudson, Lauren Ing, Katie Goodman, Javier Penunuri Ramirez, Miguel Bazan Romero, Marilu Pena, Silvio Pla Sarubi, Jessica Ryde. Arup Team: Pablo Lazo, Chris Lyth, Lean Doody, Ramon Rodriguez, Francesco Aguirre, Vincent Lee, Alex Mitchell, Jose Garcia. Fundación Metrópoli Team: Alfonso Vegara, Guillermo Sánchez, Ángel de Diego, Mark Dwyer, Lorena Sicilia, Andrea Imaz, María Diez, Aaron Kelley. Engram srl Team: Paolo Zambrini, Riccardo Zema, Thomas Arici, Francesco Spendio, Samuele Ballardini, Fabio Bonfà. Mobility in Chain Team: Federico Parolotto, Francesca Arcuri, Jelena Crnogorcic, Carlotta Bonvicini, Claudio Minelli, Nicola Tedoldi, Sebastiano Scacchetti, Kathrin Pinter. Studio FM milano srl Team: Sergio Menichelli, Luca Terraneo, Valentina Ascione, Onofrio Magro.