Recycling the city Expo

Updated: Sep 16, 2018


During the month of October 2010, within the framework of the VII Architecture and Urbanism Ibero-American Biennial, the international traveling exhibition "RECYCLE CITY: Moravia, a process of transformation in Medellín" was presented at the Parque Explora Science Museum in the city of Medellin, organized by the UNESCO Chair on Sustainability, in collaboration with different entities from the public administration, local universities and international cooperation agencies.



The Morro de Morro is an old garbage dump in the city that reached a height of more than 35 meters and where more than 10,000 people lived in a high precariousness conditions.


The Exhibition presented a testimony about the history of the hill, the participation from each of the actors involved and on the environmental and landscape strategies used for their integration into the urban dynamics of Medellín.


It also exhibited other transformation processes similar to that of Moravia experienced by other cities, such as the specific case of Barcelona, ​​Spain, with the Botanical Garden of Montjuïc.


The Exhibition Recycling City is a sample conceived in a very visual and interactive way, which invites the visitor, through the history of Moravia's hill, to reflect on the strategies of action in the cities processes of transformation and how, through participation, planning, management and interinstitutional articulation, both public and private entities, universities and the population itself, can promote sustainable human development.


The objective of the exhibition was to disseminate at a national and international level the social, environmental and urban processes present in the history of Moravia. The specific objectives were:

  • Encourage reflection on the incidence of transformation processes in Morro de Moravia and in the rest of the city.

  • To expose the processes of urban transformation that, through management and planning, have been articulating solutions and proposals to promote sustainable human development.

  • Disseminate the importance of the application of environmental recovery processes through sustainable technologies.

  • Disseminate the case of Moravia as an example of articulation between the different actors involved in the transformation process.

  • Make known at a national and international level the process of transformation and change that has been made in the sector by the intervention of the State, the Municipal Administration, Universities and International and Spanish Cooperation.

  • Disseminate the exhibition to other cities and countries in order to make collectively the experience and achievements of cooperation between various institutions and entities with the community in the economic, socio-cultural and urban-environmental environmental areas.


The Exhibition was hosted for a month by Parque Explora in its temporary exhibition hall, and was visited by more than 3,000 people.

A new version of the Exhibition "Recycling City. Moravia, a transformation process in Medellín", was presented in the city of Bogotá, Colombia, from October 1 to November 15, 2012, in the MALOKA temporary exhibitions room, the largest and most important interactive science and technology center of the entire continent.




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