In conjunction with the revitalization of Parque Cuscatlan, an 18-acre open space in the heart of San Salvador, El Salvador, Totem was invited by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to develop strategies designed to ensure the park’s long-term sustainability. 


We are now working to implement a real estate activation strategy we call “Sistema Cornucopia” that creates a system of interconnected spaces between Parque Cuscatlan and the surrounding communities, fostering community cohesion through entrepreneurship and participatory placemaking. The spaces, or “Cuscatlanitos,” will offer a platform for the community to engage with Parque Cuscatlan in a positive manner and centered around a physical installation consisting of different typologies, including one geared toward entrepreneurs to employ local trades such as food service or furniture making; and one geared toward public health benefits like recreation and physical fitness. These efforts will lead to the community taking an ownership role over the park’s restoration and continued maintenance efforts and will set the stage for our continued work on investment attraction and public-private partnership creation.


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