San Miguel’s growth and development
By Javier Mojarro
El Colegio de Arquitectos de San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato A.C., preoccupied about the growth, image and urban development of our town, thanks Atención for the opportunity, once a fortnight, to share with its readers our opinions on current issues and activities that concern us. Our organization is made up of more than 70 professionals, specializing in various branches of architecture, urban planning, construction, conservation and restoration.
In existence for 25 years, and characterized by our dedication to service, we have made a significant contribution to San Miguel, which for a number of years has had the eyes of the world upon it because of its beauty, state of conservation and the architectural grandeur of its buildings, both historic and modern.
At this moment San Miguel is considered one of the best towns in the world, and it is a matter of pride that our sector has, over the years, contributed its small part to this, through being the designers, builders and restorers of spaces, which help create the town’s magical atmosphere. Together, of course, with the force and energy of a deep-rooted population determined to preserve our town, each sector giving of themselves 100 percent.
San Miguel today faces major challenges, like other World Heritage sites, which demand a balance in terms of planning and urban development. Conservation is obviously a core priority and demands the direct intervention of our authorities and civil society. The sensitivity of this subject is not just of personal interest but is in the interest of all. The state of preservation of our historic city center, the urban image and the architectural language of new buildings on the town’s periphery becomes the best ground to generate a positive synergy and growth. This is why we share a great interest in building a better San Miguel de Allende and an exemplary municipality within our state.
The professional members of the college have been actively participating in the improvement of San Miguel. We feel an enormous sympathy with the fundamental cornerstone of the government’s vision, both of the city and the state, to have a better San Miguel in all aspects. We recognize the achievements but also consider that it is necessary to squeeze in a lot of different things to consolidate those achievements. Like other civic organizations in our town, we want to be able to face these questions, offer alternative solutions, be heard, and thus have a road forward to achievement. We find ourselves facing big changes in matters of legislation, regulations and codes not only at the municipal level but also at state level and we have many concerns and challenges. Follow us in our next column, when we will address issues that will surely be of as much interest to you as they are to us. San Miguel is all of us and together we can secure for it the heritage that we all desire.