Unexpected agents of recuperation: urban collectives and public space in San José, Costa Rica (2000-2020)

AbstractThis article delves into the conditions which have given rise to policies for recuperating San José, Costa Rica’s capital city, and in particular the solutions that the policies proposein order to “rescue” public spaces. Within the same context, the consolidation of “urban collectives” is ex...

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Main Authors: Tommy Mora Obando, Luis Durán Segura
Format: Artículo
Language:spa
Published: Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez. Instituto de Arquitectura, Diseño y Arte 2022
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Online Access:http://erevistas.uacj.mx/ojs/index.php/decumanus/article/view/4937
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Summary:AbstractThis article delves into the conditions which have given rise to policies for recuperating San José, Costa Rica’s capital city, and in particular the solutions that the policies proposein order to “rescue” public spaces. Within the same context, the consolidation of “urban collectives” is examined in depth, these being groups which seek to position the city’s center as a venue for coexistence, recreation, and cultural consumption. Written and audiovisual documentation materials issuing from programs and institutional projects, along with both digital and print communication, as well as social network posts, are all reviewed from an interdisciplinary perspective. Moreover, extended through interviews with diverse figures involved in urban management were carried out. Based on the above, the existence of shared perceptions and awareness in terms of public spaces between the policies for the capital city’s recuperation and urban collectives is identified. These perceptions over time have become more evident, and have consolidated a  particular vision of San José in the XXI century.
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