COSTARICA / Costa Rica
Fundación de Rutas Naturbanas
A clear contradiction exists between Costa Rica’s eco-friendly international image and its domestic urban realities. Sewage contaminates the rivers of its capital, and insufficient transportation infrastructure hinders movement through the city. This project aimed to assist Rutas Naturbanas, a non-profit foundation working to collectively resolve these issues, by examining how its proposed nature-urban routes could meet the needs and desires of the people of San José. To do so, we surveyed members of the public, interviewed professionals and activists, and reviewed research in relevant fields. We found that to ensure the most positive impacts, the routes should link residents and local organizations through engagement initiatives while balancing public safety with environmental protection.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Qualifying Project
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