Developing the "green" parking structure with Daniel Madariaga

With more people come more vehicles. With more vehicles comes more pollution. More people equals more vehicles, which equals more pollution. Fortunately, there are talented people like him businessman Daniel Madariaga Barrilado (or Daniel Madariaga) who are very aware of these problems. In fact, its push for green, automated parking structures could be the answer to rush hour vehicle congestion and environmental well-being.

Who is Daniel Madariaga?

Daniel Madariaga is a businessman and specialist in mobility issues throughout Mexico Known for the role he played in reusing Mexico's sargassum infestation in a sustainable construction model, Daniel Madariaga is also changing the way transportation is viewed across the country.


The structuring of "green" (or automated) parking.

Fight congestion

The argument for automated parking in Mexico is easy to make given the country's rampant congestion issues. Daniel Madariaga says: “Currently, Mexico City is one of the most congested [cities] in the world; the application of better technologies in the parking sector will help to reduce the ecological footprint of Mexican cities significantly ”.

Naturally, big cities are prone to problems related to overcrowding and congestion. Mexico City is no different, with more than 9 million residents. To make matters worse, there are only around 400,000 registered parking spaces in the city, despite its 5 million cars.

In addition, the 2018 World Air Quality Report ranked Mexico 33rd out of 73 countries for air pollution. Not in any way near the infamous top of the list, but also not in any way near the bottom. Every year, the country is responsible for generating almost 973 million tons of CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions.

Daniel Madariaga sees this as a problem, and with good reason. As a leader in innovative and sustainable practices, it is actively seeking ways to mitigate Mexico's pollution dilemma and eradicate its systemic congestion. How?

Automated green parking is not a completely new concept. Indeed, such structures have been implemented in other parts of the world, such as Japan, China, and the Netherlands (all of which scored lower in the 2018 World Air Quality Report at 55, 35, and 56, respectively ).

Automated Parking

The goal? Create more efficient and sustainable parking spaces.

In practice, this looks great. An automated parking facility means using various technological and robotic structures to speed up parking and, most importantly, alleviate congestion along the streets.

So how does a mega gadget like this work?

For Mexico City, this is a must. And despite the lack of robotically inclined parking throughout Latin America, Mexico City is home to a 13,600-square-meter complex capable of parking up to 700 cars. Considering that a large percentage of cars stayed parked rather than mobiles anyway, getting them off the street and getting them into a garage in a timely manner is an effective practice for improving congestion across the city.

Think of an automated parking complex as a functioning mechanical parking lot. Their goal is to minimize the area necessary to store cars. In other words: create efficiency. And because the garage does not require human control, as it is operated through various robotic mechanisms, such efficiency is created. Without the need for human drivers or the ability of humans to move around the garage, space is saved.

Another way of thinking? A large conveyor belt type storage unit for cars. Technology takes care of everything, cars are removed from the streets, congestion improves, and the land is saved. It can be difficult to conceive how removing humans from their vehicles can increase space. However, in reality, various aspects of a "normal" parking unit are removed when humans are also removed from the image. Remarkably: the size of the parking spaces, ceiling height, stair / elevator and driving lanes.

Therefore, Daniel Madariaga's drive to optimize parking spaces in Mexico. Consider the above facts: with people come vehicles. With vehicles comes pollution. More people equals more vehicles, which equals more pollution.

But, optimize parking and people spend less time trying to find a spot. Vehicles park earlier and turn off faster. Less CO2 is released into the air. Mexico's pollution problems improve.

Today, Mexico's 13,600-square-foot automated parking structure is an international achievement. Built with seven different high-speed elevators and 33 "transport robots" (individual mechanisms, automatically operated to aid in the vehicle movement process), it has proven to be a technological boon for the country's crowded capital

As the years go by, so does the technology and its capabilities.

However, what defines Daniel Madariaga's innovative and entrepreneurial spirit is his ability to point out the crux of a problem. While many may not be too quick to think that a change in parking lot design can make a difference, Madariaga says "parking lots and parking spaces should be one of our priorities."

That's right, that's how it will be.

Even greener?

A final point worth mentioning with automated parking structures is their ability to collect rainwater. In addition to congestion, large cities often have trouble collecting enough water to send home.

How do automatic parkings help? Rather than rainwater simply flowing into drainage systems, these structures can collect and filter water through integrated systems that, in turn, send water directly to the subsoil below the ground floor of the building. As Daniel Madariaga explains, this process has the ability to “remove between 65% of sediments, metals and [other] contaminants” from the water.

And a more confined infrastructure means more space for more trees. With an increased abundance of scattered trees, the effects of urban heat island (when a metropolitan area is significantly warmer than rural areas due to human activity) can be combated.

Sure, the upfront cost of these parking facilities is great, but the long-term benefits are greater. Therefore, Madariaga spends a lot of time pushing for approval to build these structures across the country.

For a better Mexico

Like most countries, Mexico's leaders want to improve the lives of their citizens. With the help of talented, intelligent and passionate people like Daniel Madariaga ,the country is on track to achieve its goals.

For Madariaga, the answers are to improve Mexico first. This means environmentally conscious practices and more policies geared towards sustainable efforts and ecological structures. In turn, the general public will prosper.

Automated parking may not be the only answer to the country's congestion and pollution problems, but it is certainly a big step forward in shaping a better Mexico.