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Thursday24 July 2014

Krier plans classical city for Guatemala

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Ciudad Cayala first phase finished

Leon Krier has masterplanned a new city in Guatemala.

Ciudad Cayala is a new town being built within Guatemala City’s boundary.

Developer and landowner Grupo Cayala wanted the town to include Mayan ornamental detail, and it includes an Athanaeum designed by Notre Dame professor Richard Economakis.

Two graduates of the architecture school at the University of Notre Dame, María Sánchez and Pedro Godoy, of Estudio Urbano, were also involved in the detailed design.

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  • Freddie Ridley-Hampton

    Yes!

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  • Is classical the vernacular architectural language of Guatemala? It must be. It may sound like Krier is forcing an alien design language on a site with no consideration of context or identity, but someone so vocal about the evils of un-contextual modernism would never turn out to be a style fundamentalist, would they?

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  • So, was Noddy Mayan or Greek?

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  • Good god!

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  • El Poundbury! We are far too hung up on aesthetics with schemes. Judging by the photos the streets are far too broad and don't provide shading. My fear for this town would be that it would be like Poundbury in being isolated from the surrounding urban areas and be insular.

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  • tesserae

    Probably mellow well and create a nice durable hub for the future with wide enough streets for pedestrians, bikes, and donkeys of all walks. The strong forms are quite identifiable, and offer some historicity in keeping with the tradition of the old hispanic style cathedral like churches - so it could be argued to be in keeping with a geographical, continental genre of townscaping on regionally recognisable scale even to a small child.

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  • Awful.

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