Mexico City is one of the fastest subsiding metropolises in the world. Located in the Mexico Valley, an endorheic basin, it lies above a sequence of deformable unconsolidated lacustrine sediments interlayered with strong volcanic rocks. The soil in combination with the practices of desiccation and aquifer exploitation, caused the city to subside unevenly at rates from 0 to 370 mm per year.
If the end of the world marks a new beginning, the 11 maps interrelate the rise and fall of the Aztecs civilization to the soil, the wells and the contemporary metropolis, going beyond Mexico City. The work, starting from the primordial landscape of the Valley of Mexico, addresses the history, explores the current situation, and reflects on the possible futures of Mexico City and the surrounding area.
Subsidence: the soil, the wells, and the city.