On March 16, at the Council of the Municipal District of San Ramón, Alajuela, Costa Rica, there will be the first meeting of the pilot project “Cuento, Partecipo, Decido” . The project is aimed at promoting the importance of a policy of openness, transparency, showdown and, above all, citizen participation in institutions and throughout citizenship.
Open Government and Open State, Mechanisms and methodologies of citizen participation, Communities and Commons will be some of the topics that will be discussed during the meeting.
At the end of the meeting there will be a workshop where the digital tool ÁgoraPIC will be presented. ÁgoraPIC, which was developed by the Plataforma de Integración Ciudadana, is a civic tool aimed at making citizens an active protagonist in the public life of the neighborhood and the city, facilitating the participation of people and democratic dialogue, and providing multiple benefits to enhance the process of Open Government and Open State in Costa Rica.
The meeting will be opened to the Peñas Blancas, community and the institutions of the district.
Margherita Valle will bring forward the experience of LabGov in Costarica.
Costa Rica began this 2019 a project of Social Housing in collaboration with
the Ministry of Housing and Human Settlements, and the real estate development
council. The intention of this project is to apply the Co-City methodology in a
collaborative experience between the academic sector, the public sector and
The idea is
born from the previous social housing LabGov approach, following the work
presented at Matera with Federcasa in 2018. In this past encounter in fact a
series of documents
were generated around the idea of the “house as a common” that come to be the
theoretical foundation, among others, of this project in Costa Rica.
The objective of the project is to propose a new Social Housing solution within the framework of an urban regeneration plan that integrates the design of common goods, applies the transect and mega-blocks model, reflecting the new urban values: compactness , participation, 24/7, pedestrian friendly, mixed use, and self-sufficient, in terms of consumption and production of energy, information, goods and services.
is promoted by the academy, under the guidance of the teacher of Urban Design
courses and the Coordinators of Research and Extension of the School of
Architecture at Universidad Latina, as well as those responsible for the
project for the Ministry of Housing and Human Settlements. The work of those
involved will be to follow up on the proposals that will be formulated through
presentations, focus groups, talks and working groups to finally evaluate the
possibility of applying the project.
One of the
main strategies is taking advantage of land management instruments and
international experiences in social housing.
we are going to generate a novel proposal to solve the access to decent housing
for populations in need (elderly, young people, people with disabilities) avoiding
the discrimination that generate projects that are exclusively dedicated to
these users; and thus respond to a new conception of the city, as was proposed
in the New Urban Agenda presented in Habitat III, in Quito in 2016.
it, we propose a strategy so that the buildings offer a % of units for social
housing even being designed for the middle class; this in order to reduce
discrimination and integrate users’ social level and in the urban fabric.
implementation area is located in the center of the capital, San José, in the
south area between the Sabana Metropolitan Park, and near the Pacific Railway Station,
in Víquez Square, developing along a stretch of the railway line in a desolate
area of particular abandonment. This is also due to the fact that originally it
was an area for industrial use that no longer works as such, reason why the
residential areas of south of San José have developed mostly to meet the need
for workers’ residences. Although the blocks of small wooden houses are
characteristic of an era and a social class, the abandonment has strongly
affected this sector causing deterioration of buildings, insecurity and poor
investment in public infrastructure.
challenge to redeem this sector is the image of the neighborhood, the anti-fame
and the current absence of a real group of neighbors, who gradually moved away
from the center. Despite this, the potential of this area is linked to the fact
that it belongs to the historic center of the capital, is a well-served area,
full of buildings that can be recovered, a use of mixed land ranging from
residential, commercial, institutional and industrial past, as well as being
located in one of the main axes of east-west mobility, both in private and
public transport mode.
reason, both from the public sector, and from the private sector, there is an
interest in redeeming the district, as well as intervening throughout the
portion of the railway line between the Metropolitan Park and the square. This
is related to certain public policies that today aim to strengthen the use of
the train as an alternative transport in response to the increase in vehicular
In order to
make a feasible proposal, the students started from the process of the Cheap talk and Mapping directly on site, summing up the perception of the spaces
as the potential of the same with various meetings and surveys. So far, these
first two stages of the “Co-City cycle” process involved more than 15
students, 3 experts in mobility and land management, a deputy minister and
ministerial councilors, 2 university professors and several residents
interviewed during the days (and evenings) of inspection.
the project is in a Practicing phase
with the support of Ministry technicians and the timely intervention of experts
from the private sector – belonging to the chamber of real estate developers,
working on a phase of co-creation of specific proposals of commons (both
intervention, as well as new implementations) and mixed-use building
development (offices, commerce, residential and public use).
It is projected to reach a more mature phase of Prototype of the master plan during the half of the current year, to then put the proposals to the test, in a Testing phase in front of a jury composed of experts in the sector, public, private sector and the civil society of the interested parties. The idea of turning a university course into a research laboratory where new urbanistic and architectural ideas are put to the service of citizenship, is not new in the international experience of LabGov, but what we propose for the first time is to co-design with all the actors involved an innovative project, both on the front of the design as on the legal source, that is to say the feasibility from the executive point of view, which depends on the public institutions and the interest of the companies.
 Monica Bernardi, Christian Iaione,
Chiara Prevete, Home Pooling: Applying co-governance to the housing sector. And
“Analisi empirica dell’innovazione nel finanziamento per le infrastrutture