Socio-Spatial Governmentality in Costa Rica

City building strategy

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    City building strategy, Curridabat, Costa Rica

    The image shows 1 of the 21 neighborhoods with intervention proposals built through participatory processes. Sweet City aims to consolidate natural conservation as an urban activity through the increase in the number and variety of pollinizers and through the reintegration of flora to stimulate pollinizing, and the creation of new bio diverse corridors. This will not only bring beauty and amenity for the people of Curridabat, but will also bring better performing conditions pollinizing activates.

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    City building strategy, Curridabat, Costa Rica

    The tools applied to attain our objectives range from new channels of communication and interacting with the community-workshops, charrettes, education campaigns, social capital points, co-building, co-planting and co-design – to the design and launching of new technology (apps and mapping exercises) that supply immediate and place-based information every day. Citizens receive benefits (goods and services) in exchange for their positive actions and good practices for the environment and society.

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    City building strategy, Curridabat, Costa Rica

    Inclusive streets, aiming to improve people’s mobility. New green corridors.

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    City building strategy, Curridabat, Costa Rica

    New parks and urban viewpoints. River-oriented development.

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    City building strategy, Curridabat, Cosa Rica

    New community meeting areas. Accessibility improvement.

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    City building strategy, Curridabat, Cosa Rica

    Tirrases district Master Plan: 21,000 citizens benefit from new public spaces and inclusive streets.

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    City building strategy, Curridabat, Cosa Rica

    Regeneration of industrial areas into new mixed used areas, with cultural and residential uses.

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    City building strategy, Curridabat, Cosa Rica

    Flood risk mitigation through new wetlands.

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    City building strategy, Curridabat, Cosa Rica

    Improvement of 30 existing parks.

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    City building strategy, Curridabat, Cosa Rica

    Improvement of 30 existing parks.

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    City building strategy, Curridabat, Cosa Rica

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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.

  • Awards Acknowledgement prize 2017–2018 Latin America

Ecological and social re-imagining of the city of Curridabat in Costa Rica converge to make its urban space a better habitat for its citizens – flora, fauna, and humans.

By Alvin Soto Bolaños, Erick Calderón Acuña - Tándem Arquitectura, San José, Costa RicaIrene García Brenes, - Municipality Curridabat, Curridabat, Costa RicaAntonio Salas, - Yuso Proyectos, San José, Costa Rica Edgar Mora Altamirano , - City of Curridabat, Curridabat, Costa Rica

Ideas: Urban Requalification

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 overlays several networks of interventions.

Together, the discrete layers reconfigure the habitat of flora, fauna, and human beings as “citizens” of Curridabat.

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