What is urban regeneration?

The population in cities is growing and some neighborhoods, with time and wear and tear, are affected by this exponential growth due to ageing as well as insecurity because current urban development does not respond to the necessities of people living in big cities. For this, a tool for urban regeneration or rehabilitation emerged, whose objective is to improve said spaces, be it by improving infrastructure, roads, or facilities or enabling them for other uses.

This being said, and so you understand a bit better the projects that have been done under this concept, Ospinas gives you three examples of urban regeneration in Colombia.

– Bogotá: Recuperation of Plaza San Victorino and the “El Cartucho” zone. During the years 1998-2000, the capital’s Development Plan considered the urban renovation and recuperation of Plaza San Victorino and El Cartucho, zones invaded by violence, poverty, and illegal markets. With this initiative, 16 hectares were recovered where the Tercer Milenio park was constructed.

(Source: Governance in urban regeneration processes. Approaches to the case of Bogotá, Clemencia Escallón Gartner.


– Santa Marta: Historic Center. In order to recover this zone, a contest called “Santa Marta’s Historical Center Recuperation Plan,” was done in which architect Carlos Cabal gave fundamental support to the regeneration of this important space in the Caribbean city. Effectively, thanks to this plan, life was given back to this area that had previously been abandoned and dirty, now with trees and places to eat and rest.

(Source: Revista Arquitectura Corona, August – September 2011, ‘The Historic Center of Santa Marta, a journey that won the lápiz de acero”)

– San Andrés: Recuperation of 4,000 m2 of beach. Faced with great visual and auditory contamination due to the quantity of vehicles that drove close to the beach, the decision was made to recover this beach area that was so important for the island. To achieve this, Avenida Colombia was pedestrianized in three phases. First, kiosks and visual obstacles were removed, later hotels were remodeled, and finally, a plan was developed so that there was harmony among hotel constructions and the natural surroundings.

(Source: Revista Habitar, November 2005, http://contenido.metrocuadrado.com/contenidom2/publesp_m2/habitar_esp/habitarnoviembre2005/ARTICULO-WEB-PL_DET_NOT_REDI_M2-2631073.html )

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