Edgar Mora Altamirano

Mayor of Curridabat, Costa Rica.

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    Edgar Mora Altamirano, Mayor of the City of Curridabat, Costa Rica was a member of the concluding panel at the 5th LafargeHolcim Forum held in Detroit in April 2016.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Latin America prize handover ceremony, San José

    Winner of a LafargeHolcim Awards Acknowledgement 2017 for City building strategy, Curridabat, Costa Rica (l-r): Erick Calderón Acuña, Tándem Arquitectura, San José, Costa Rica; Irene García Brenes and Edgar Mora Altamirano, Municipality Curridabat, Curridabat, Costa Rica.

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    Concluding panel at the Holcim Forum 2016 (l-r): Rolf Soiron, Member, International Committee of the Red Cross, Switzerland (moderator); Maria Atkinson AM, Sustainability Business Advisor; and Founding CEO, Green Building Council of Australia; Arab Hoballah, Chief of Sustainable Lifestyles, Cities & Industry, Division of Technology, Industry & Economics (DTIE), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), France; Edgar Mora Altamirano, Mayor of the City of Curridabat, Costa Rica and Rahul Mehrotra, Chair of the Department of Urban Planning & Design, Graduate School of Design (GSD), Harvard University, USA.

Edgar Mora Altamirano is Mayor of Curridabat, Costa Rica and a Non-Resident Fellow at the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA.

Last updated: October 07, 2017 Curridabat, Costa Rica

Edgar Mora Altamirano's research focuses on the intrinsic relation between urban design, the responsive capacity of city governments in democratic societies, and the formation of citizens capable of generating social capital within their community and not just their immediate social environment.

Under his political and technical supervision, the Municipality of Curridabat transformed and improved its Urban Plan – becoming an attractive role model to other cities, and receiving the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) award for Best City Plan in 2014.

He is also a journalist and territorial planner, in various fields related to human rights and political, cultural, and social policy issues. He has co-founded a number of companies and NGOs.

He was a member of the winning team of a Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize in region Latin America in 2017 for “City building strategy” in Curridabat, Costa Rica. A project-as-process, the plan for an eastern suburb of San José envisions the city in coexistence with its flora and fauna. The project was praised by the jury for its “close coordination between the municipality, community groups, and planners to transform dreams into reality”.

Edgar Mora Altamirano was a member of the concluding panel at the 5th International Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction dedicated to “Infrastructure Space” held April 7-9, 2016 in Detroit, USA.