Calle Carmona

Inner block revitalization in Grecia, a city within Costa Rica's Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) that is urbanistically defined by the Spanish colonial grid.

The inner block structure around Calle Carmona is excavated from its surrounding buildings and made accessible as a high quality urban space. A newly inserted built program includes sports courts, a collective meeting room, a gazebo for public presentations of music and arts, as well as walkways and bicycle paths.

Reanimated from its dormant condition as an unused backyard, the model of Calle Carmona is projected to be integrated in a future network of connected inner urban block structures -called Intermanzana- as well as a bicycle trail system crossing the inner city of Grecia and connecting it to other cities of the GAM, forming a network of urban productive corridors that are used for agricultural production and non-motorized transport -a green urban infrastructure called Trama Verde-. Both the Intermanzana and the Trama Verde are integral components of A Company's proposal to redevelop the GAM as a highly efficient polycentric network system.

The project is organized in a tripartite model, connecting public with private initiatives and citizen participation. The work is financed by the Calle Carmona neighborhood association together with the municipality of Grecia and Costa Rica's Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz.


A Company (Oliver Schütte and Marije van Lidth de Jeude with José Pablo González) for the Neighborhood Association of Calle Carmona

Location: Grecia, Costa Rica

Status: Concept Design

Year: 2011-2012