In the regional LafargeHolcim Awards, four projects in each region receive an Acknowledgement prize. Adèle Naudé Santosfrom the USA plans affordable housing with integrated workplaces in Cartagena, Colombia. Vinicius Andrade and Marcelo Morettin from São Paulo, Brazil designed a sustainable new building for the National Institute for Pure & Applied Mathematics in Rio de Janeiro. Paula Montoya and Javier Alonso from Spain propose a mobile modular-design hospital in Masaya, Nicaragua. Irene García Brenes, Edgar Mora Altamirano, Erick Calderón Acuña, Alvin Soto Bolaños, and Antonio Salas from Costa Rica propose a convincing development strategy for Curridabat in Costa Rica – in harmony with nature and the environment.Read more » más información (Spanish) »
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. The current parks are rehabilitated and some transformed into new wetlands for flood mitigation. Roads double their function to act as “biocorridors” linking parks and forests particularly for pollinators that bring great benefits for biodiversity. Punctural interventions for meeting points and cultural facilities at the neighborhood level are realized through participatory planning and renovation. Together, the discrete layers reconfigure the habitat of flora, fauna, and human beings as “citizens” of Curridabat.Read more » más información (Spanish) »
Habitat and infrastructure: Sustainable cities and communities
With increasing urban development and population growth, the city as a platform for development and the citizenry as the population that inhabits this platform have experienced a decline in the quality of their interactions with other living species. This is crucial for the livability and wellness of the habitat, as well as for the consolidation of a collective moral standing that has an impact on some of the global challenges that are pressing issues in Curridabat, such as climate change and the threat of endangered species, thermic comfort, inequity in the access to public space and natural amenities, and connectivity. The Central Valley of Costa Rica, where Curridabat is located, is highly fertile to biodiversity, enclosed by important biological corridors, its rivers and mountains.
Biodiversity: action to combat climate change
The majority of the 65,000 inhabitants of the city live in areas of paved or sealed surfaces hinder the appearance of flora and fauna, and hence, of pollinizers that bring great benefits for the biodiversity and environmental health of the city. This barren ground for natural interactions and pollinizing activities affects the visual quality of the urban landscape, dominated by asphalt and buildings. This rivalry between nature and city negatively affect the stress levels of the population, its productivity and its resilience capacity, as well as the overall ability for place making in the city. The project Sweet City includes investment in green infrastructure measures (SuDS, riverfront parks, groundwater recovery), as ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation actions.
Productivity and coexistence: partnership for the goals and reduce inequalities
Sweet City is possible due to public, private and civil society partnerships. The municipality leads the project with technical support from the private sector and in alliance with civil society. The municipality, its innovation team and three consultancy firms, created a series of master plans for mainly highly vulnerable areas throughout the territory – in terms of income, risk to natural disaster and access to services – with a guiding principle to provide access to nature for economically marginalized communities. The participatory design of these master plans resulted in a proposal of collaborative workspaces, land use change (from industrial to mixed-use) and the steering of real estate investment through PPP between the municipality, the private land owners and the developers.See more
City building strategy, Curridabat, Costa Rica the plan for an eastern suburb of San José envisions the city in …