Territory and urban planning in northern Sinaloa

Autores UPV
CONGRESO Territory and urban planning in northern Sinaloa


A scientific reading of the territorial structure of both municipalities of Guasave and Ahome, in northern Sinaloa, has been carried out starting from the urban analysis through three successive workscales: territory, city and quarter. In the first approach, the agricultural planning of a vast portion of the coastal plain where a hierarchical grid of roads and canals modulate the territory with high precision is detected. At the city scale, it is revealed the presence of natural and historic traces, that compete with the geometric rigidity of the territorial grid to configure the present urban fabric of Guasave. The Sinaloa river and the courses that interconnected the old Sinaloa missions of the 17th century are historical paths that become incorporated into the urban planning of the 20th century, where the development of the central quarter (Colonia Centro) acquires a differential character. The old core mission of the Nuestra Señora del Rosario Church generated, since the 1920s, a urban grid that follows the geometric pattern of the colonial city with square blocks on orthogonal axes deviated slightly from the traces of the agricultural macroplanning. It is flexible in any case, because settles into the plot divergent paths departing north from the church square and sets its limits to the natural accidents or historical traces.