The concept of the Intermanzana connection was applied in the design of the C.C.M.E.C. in central San José, as well as in Calle Carmona in Grecia, both cities of Costa Rica's Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) that we propose to redevelop as a highly efficient polycentric network system. The concept was further explored in the design for the building group of the National Assembly of Costa Rica.

The strategy is to connect the unused inner urban block areas of the prevailing Spanish colonial grid structure in the Costa Rican cities in order to promote a separation of motorized and non-motorized transport. The inner-urban areas are made accessible for pedestrians and bicycle transport and get connected to the abandoned sections of former railway connections as well as inter-urban biological corridors within the GAM, creating a green productive and continuous urban infrastructure called Trama Verde.


A Foundation (Oliver Schütte and Marije van Lidth de Jeude with Ronald Fonseca)

Location: San José, Costa Rica

Status: Concept Design

Year: 2007-2008