In the City of Knowledge, sustainable urbanism and avant-garde architecture coexist with the conservation of the historical legacy.
The City of Knowledge Foundation is responsible for transforming the former military base into an area of innovation that favors collaboration between research centers, universities, companies, NGOs, international organizations and other agents, and that contributes to putting knowledge at the service of the social change.
The transformation process of the former Clayton fort has required the design and implementation of architectural, urban and landscape interventions inspired by guidelines that the Foundation has been developing and refining since its creation in 1995.
In 2004, the process of preparing the Urban Development Master Plan for the site, which took several years, was officially approved in January 2009. The general objective is to order the growth of the City of Knowledge, enabling the development of new structures. and spaces on campus, within a comprehensive vision and with an adequate provision of infrastructure.
The Master Plan:
- Identify areas and establish heritage conservation criteria.
- It provides for the permanence of more than 60% of the campus as green areas.
- It establishes areas of expansion and densification for the development of new activities related to the mission.
- It establishes urban planning regulations and defines land uses.
- It includes a road plan, pedestrian circulation and new parking areas.
- It provides interventions in the landscape to improve the quality of the environment.
The Foundation has proposed to turn the campus into a benchmark in terms of sustainable urban development. To do this, it has policies that develop a set of principles on:
- Sustainable building
- Saving water and energy
- Waste management
- Knowledge management