The social, environmental and urban recovery of the General Belgrano railway premises

Córdoba, Argentina

The railway premises plan is an initiative of the Municipality of Cordoba, aimed at the recovery of the General Belgrano railway premises and surrounding public spaces through urban regeneration.

This plan is framed within the objectives of urban development and territorial planning outlined in the "Sustainable Cordoba" Strategic Line, as part of the 2016-2019 Government Goals Plan. The key goal of the plan is good use of state-owned real estate based on criteria of sustainable urbanism.

The recovery project aims to overcome the physical barriers generated by the railway lines, by transforming them into axes of mobility and urban development, integrating these extensive areas into the fabric of the surrounding neighbourhoods. Another objective is to develop a system of strategic locations close to the central area of the city.

This project has been chosen by the city of Córdoba to be peer-reviewed in the frame of the Sustainable Cities Collaboratory:


City information

Size and population development
2011: 1,556,000; 1990: 1,200,000; 2025: 1,892,000; 2010-2015: +1.53% / year

Main functions
industrial and cultural centre

Main industries / business
automobiles, new technologies, service

Political structure
Mayor and City Council

Administrative structure
10 Centros de Participación Comunal (centers of municipal participation) and 456 districts

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Background and objectives

The project is located in the northern peri-central area of the city, on the route of the General Belgrano Railway (FCGB). Together, the estates cover an area of approximately 62 hectares.

Objectives for the project are:

  • Preservation of architectural heritage
  • Social housing
  • Urban & Metropolitan mobility system
  • Public space and new programs destined for the civil and community use
  • Financing of the project
  • Citizen’s participation

Within the framework of the social, environmental and urban recovery plan, an agreement has been signed between the Municipality of Córdoba and the State Property Management Agency, establishing the main guidelines for the future development of the sector:

  • Intervention on 51 hectares of the approximately 62 hectares of total surface area that make up three railway estates: Los Galpones, the one corresponding to the Station in Alta Córdoba and Ex Forja neighborhoods. The remaining 11 hectares are reserved for railway use, in order to maintain the operation of the General Belgrano Railroad, also considering the future reactivation of the passenger rail system and the development of multimodal transport alternatives.
  • On the 51 hectares to be intervened, the percentages that will correspond to areas of public use and utility and areas of private use are established, defining that between 60% and 65% of the properties will be transferred to municipal domain. This transfer means that the City of Cordoba will have between 30 and 33 hectares for new urban parks, green spaces, community facilities and new streets that integrate neighbourhoods.
  • An area of approximately 8.5 hectares has been established where the new headquarters of the City Council and a new Municipal education park are to be located, among other activities, and existing building infrastructures can be recovered.
  • On an area of between 40% and 35% of the 51 hectares of intervention, the proposal includes the redevelopment of informal settlements that will be integrated in the existing fabric. Similarly, the proposal foresees new urbanization areas for the development of collective housing mixed with commercial and service activities, accompanied by green areas. The overall objective is the functional integration with the existing neighbourhood fabric.
  • The integral urban development of the complex will be carried out through the realization of a public competition of ideas of national scope. Entries closed on 17/07/18; 14 proposals were submitted and are currently being evaluated.
Financing and resources

The lead agency for the project is the Municipality of Cordoba.

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