Barranquilla Historic Centre Concept Masterplan

  • Barranquilla is a member of the Sustainable Cities Programme of the Inter-American Development Bank.
  • We are providing a concept masterplan for the redevelopment of Barranquilla's historic centre.

Barranquilla is a major Colombian port and industrial hub located along the Caribbean coast. The city is currently part of the Sustainable Cities Programme of the Inter-American Development Bank — a citywide action plan to tackle climate change adaptation, economic resilience, and urban development through the preparation and implementation of strategic projects driven by the public sector.

Re-energising the city

Due to the informal economy, lack of public open space and urban mobility in this historic centre, we have been commissioned to develop a concept masterplan for its revitalisation. The strategies of the masterplan are based on four key concepts: the direct relationship between free public spaces and the improvement of public health; the inclusion of the entire population in urban mobility; the reconnection of the city with the Magdalena River; and finally, the mitigation of environmental risks.

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  • View of the Barranquilla Historic Centre Concept Masterplan. Credit: Arup.Open gallery

    Due to the informal economy, lack of public open space and urban mobility in this historic centre, we have been commissioned to develop a concept masterplan for its revitalisation.