Managua City Void

Managua's contemporary footprint radiates from a rectangular void: the former city which was destroyed by earthquake in 1972. The new city is growing around the 4 major bus stations at the corner points of that former downtown.

Within this 273 km2 - partially urban and partially rural - sprawl, 28% of all housing has been built in the form of spontaneous settlements where 97% of the houses are auto-constructed. The rurban landscape is made up of both temporary and permanent constructions or temporary constructions that become permanent.

This research about the urban condition in Nicaragua's capital resulted in various proposals for housing developments and urban planning. The work was presented in A Foundations' exhibition project on Migration and Urban Development in San Jose, Costa Rica as well as in the exhibition series EW/NS at the centre for architecture Arc en Reve in Bordeaux, France.


A Foundation (Oliver Schütte, Marije van Lidth de Jeude) with the Universidad Nacional de Ingenería, the University of Houston, Nicaraguan NGO Habitar, and the Municipality of Managua

Scope: Research

Location: Managua, Nicaragua

Status: Completed

Year: 2002–2004