Hacia una ciudad sostenible

Translated title of the contribution: Towards a sustainable city

Diego Silva Ardila, Juan Francisco Rodriguez Vitta

Research output: Chapter in Book/ReportChapter (peer-reviewed)


The decade of the 1990s became a turning point in terms of urban policies given the new institutional conditions proposed by the 1991 Constitution.
As a consequence of the learning process and as a result of the progress made by the first municipal administrations under the new legal framework, it is possible to observe since the end of the 1990s that the municipality of Medellín focused its efforts on improving the quality of the management and implementation of urban public policies with the execution of projects of territorial impact with quality architectural standards; projects that have contributed to the positioning of the city as a reference for Colombia, America and the rest of the world.
contributed to the positioning of the city as a reference for Colombia, Latin America and even on a global scale. But the challenges that the different administrations have had to face have been greater, for example, the conditions of violence, corruption, institutional disarticulation, air pollution, among others. However, these challenges, added to the culture of planning and doing that is today the hallmark of territorial development in Medellín, have brought to the table great opportunities for changing paradigms, leading to a transcendental change in the formulation of questions about the central issues of living and the quality of life of the people.
The articulated work of the different social strata, government, private sector, academic sector and citizens in their multiple forms of organisation and participation, has achieved consensus that has facilitated the development of a large part of the urban change goals that have been proposed. This chapter aims to observe, analyse and review the urban transformation and development process of the last five years, with particular attention to the progress made during the administration that ends in 2019, in order to propose some priority lines of action for the future.
Given that the aim of this work is to link the long-term trajectory with the impact of the actions implemented during the management of the last Municipal Development Plan 2016-2019, we have opted for a methodology that establishes a conversation between the long-term urban goals enshrined in the Land Management Plan (pot) approved in 2014 and the current Municipal Development Plan that served as a guideline for intervention actions in recent years. The Pot has a structuring instrument for the long-term lines of action known as the Urban File. According to the norm (Law 388 of 1997), when referring to the Urban File in article 112, "with the objective of having an urban information system that supports the diagnoses and the definition of policies, as well as the formulation of plans, programmes and plans of action".
as well as the formulation of plans, programmes and projects for the spatial planning of the territory by the different territorial levels, municipalities and districts must organise an urban file, made up of documents, plans and georeferenced information, about their territorial and urban organisation". Thus, the Urban Dossier becomes the ideal instrument to identify the long-term goals of the city.
ideal instrument to identify the long-term goals set by the municipality
Translated title of the contributionTowards a sustainable city
Original languageSpanish (Colombia)
Title of host publicationMedellín, construcción de ciudad Un proyecto de todos
PublisherUniversidad del Rosario
ISBN (Print)978-958-784-385-9
StatePublished - Dec 2019


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