Santa Bárbara
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Project Type: Urban design, Mobility, Historic preservation,
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Santa Bárbara

Project Type: Master Plan & Form-Based Code
Project Status: Under Review
Completion Date: February 2015
Site Area: 315 acres
Team: PlusUrbia + Castillo Arquitectos + GSH studio
Client: Archdiocese of Los Altos Quetzaltenango Totonicapan

Santa Bárbara is a site that belongs to the Archdiocese of Los Altos, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala’s second-largest city. The Archdiocese needed to develop a land management plan to develop the property comprehensively while allowing the land to continue serving the church.
This is the first time the Catholic church has sponsored a comprehensive, vision-oriented plan for urbanization in the recent history of Latin America. The church will serve as a steward of the land and the project,  where the institution itself does not become the developer but chooses one to join the vision to build together a prosperous, integrated community that will provide much-needed housing opportunities, jobs, and educational spaces for a rapidly growing population.

*Rendered perspective views by Castillo Arquitectos.

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