Barrio Gerona

Barrio Gerona - Urban Renewal - Phase 1 Completed 2017 - Gerona, Guatemala City

Barrio Gerona is the second project of a self-initiated annual design-build program and uses donated design resources to rehabilitate a defunct rail depot in the center of an extremely improverished area on the fringe of the city. This urban renewal project consists of three layers: the educational component of the design-build initiative, the physical improvement of the former rail corridor through streetscapes and informal public spaces, and the community engagement and participation in this process. 

Creating relationships which local community stake holders, a group of participants proposed a masterplan for the area as a potential green space which could serve as a central gathering place and initiated the first phase designing and creating murals, landscaping, benches and planters to improve the adjacent housing complex.