Ciudad Cayalá, a New Extension of Guatemala City


Pedestrian oriented
Traditional Urbanism
Traditional Architecture

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Sánchez, M. ., Godoy, P. P., & Krier, L. (2021). Ciudad Cayalá, a New Extension of Guatemala City. Journal of Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism, (2), 126–137.


In 2003, Estudio Urbano in partnership with master planner Leon Krier, proposed a new traditional town as an extension of Guatemala City: Ciudad Cayalá. Its goal is to create a humane, hospitable urban environment that fosters a strong sense of community, while generating local employment opportunities and a vibrant commercial and civic life. Paseo Cayalá is the first built quarter that is intended to serve as a model for future growth. It revives Guatemala’s unique architectural identity and offers a way of life radically different from the typically disconnected, car-oriented developments. The principle of mixed-use and programmatically-tuned architectural variety has laid the foundation for a robust emerging public realm. Paseo Cayalá celebrates local identity and has become a place of hope and happiness.
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