This is an urban planning and urban design model of intervention that capitalizes on the assets, inspiration, and potential of local actors. Through different media and interactive spaces (a website, a city branding, a series of workshops, and tactical urbanism events) we look to impact the urban scale. The idea is to produce open environments for innovation that focus on the user to (i) create and (ii) activate the public space.


city branding


tactical urbanism events

To design the model, we implemented a living laboratory as an effective place-making process and qualitative data collection process. (4) different activities took place, connected by an urban narrative composed by a series of prototypes. (i) a boat tour to listen to a story about the history of the river, (ii) an observation tower, (iii) a city bike path and (iv) a space for activities and meetings for the community.

Paramaribo waterfront urban design concept aimed to translate the qualitative information collected into design tools to be implemented in the proposal. The design is focused on reestablishing the public nature of the coastal front, connecting citizens with the river and introducing resilient water management strategies.


Model developed as director of horizontal. Designed by Carlos Medellín, Juana Salcedo, Enrique Cavelier, Josephine Philipsen, Pablo Londoño in association with Geografía Urbana and Woei A Sioe Architects.  

Branding and Website by Carlos Medellín + Montenegro Studio

Client: Inter-American Development Bank – (IDB)