Medellín is the second city with the most number of inhabitants in the country. It is a commercial, industrial and business epicenter of Colombia, and represents more than 8% of the country’s GDP.
Medellín is a city transformed by social innovation, through a profound social and structural metamorphosis. Celebrities such as Joseph Stiglitz, winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics, recognize Medellin’s transformation process.
“What has been done in Medellín is impressive,” said Stiglitz (2014). In 2014 the city was chosen by the Rockefeller Foundation as one of the 33 most resilient cities in the world.
By overcoming its past, today the City is a world referent for other world cities thanks to its transformation and development process.
The city has five annexed villages: San Sebastián de Palmitas, Altavista, Santa Elena, San Antonio de Prado and San Cristóbal, and its rural area accounts for almost 70 percent of its territory.
Here one can find different places for nature lovers, to enjoy fresh air and biodiversity, like Arví Park and San Miguel Heights wildlife refuge.
Belonging to the Urbang GreenUp proyect means a great opportunity for the city to continue its process of innovation and urban transformation, integrating concepts of climate change, and NBS on its planning tools, and connecting its green areas for a more sustainable, liveable and ecologically healthier city.
Marcela Noreña Restrepo Architect, M.L.A. Landscape design, Universidad Potificia Bolivariana of Medellín email@example.com
Diana Bedoya Sanitary Engineer, M.Sc. Sustainability in the urban environmet, City college of NY. firstname.lastname@example.org