Part of the Federal District satellite cities’ system, Santa Maria is the result of both public housing programs and informal settlements that followed its recent development. The project area compromises approximately 440 hectares of land adjacent to the existing city and is planned to accommodate 25,000 residential units.
Conde Design Urbano has been hired to develop the Masterplan for a mixed-use district masterplan that sets the basis for a socially sustainable scheme based on a variety of typologies for a mixed-income community. It will also preserve and celebrate the area´s agricultural heritage and rich natural environment of the Cerrado, the topical savanna ecoregion.
To meet the needs of an emerging market, masterplan is being designed as a fully integrated community with a broad mix of residential, civic and commercial uses. The primary structural element of the plan is the network of open spaces that coincide with existing geologically sensitive areas and riverside corridors that cross the site. The layout of the streets and the location of different uses respect the natural drainage system and the meandering linear parks, in turn, help to create an organic open space structure that compacts the enterprise.
As part of the ecological preservation and enhancement polices, water cleansing strategies, organic farming, and reforestation create a foundation for the district´s programming and design.