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Projects for Sustainable Futures--2007
Translated Title:
Proyectos para Futuros Sostenibles--2007 ( )
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Shannon, Scott; Conners, Kevin; Schroeder, Russell
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Strategic planning--Costa Rica--Monteverde, Puntarenas
Swimming pools
Sidewalks
Churches
Recycling centers
Sustainable Futures 2007
Scenario planning
Eco-Bamboo
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Summary of first and second semester projects. First semester – Eco-Bambu sales office, Scenario planning for Los Llanos, sidewalk and streetscape improvements for Monteverde, accessible facilities for swimming pool and parking lot at Monteverde Clinic. Second semester—Scenario planning for San Luis, Pedestrian Passageway at Plaza deportes in Santa Elena, recycling center for Monteverde, sidewalk and streetscape improvement for Monteverde, church design in Santa Elena.
Summary:
Resumen de los proyectos del primer y segundo semestre. Primer semestre - Oficina de venta Eco-bambu, planeamiento del escenario Los Llanos, aceras y mejoramiento de la calle para Monteverde, accisibilidad a facilidades de pisina y parqueo en la clinica de Monteverde. Segundo semestre- Planeamiento del escenario para San Luis, aceras en la plaza de deportes en Santa Elena, centro de reciclage para Monteverde, aceras y mejoramiento de escape de la calle para Monteverde, diseño de la iglesia en Santa Elena.
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English

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May 30, 2007 Projects for Sustainable Futures – 2007 1st Semester – May 28-June 29 Scott Shannon Kevin Conners Russell Schroeder 1st Semester: Bamboo Sales Office for EcoBamb paper making coop in San Luis Scenario Planning update for Los Llanos – Part 1 Sidewalk & Streetscape improvements for Municipalit y of Monteverde – Part 1 Accessible Facilities design for swimming pool & pa rking lot @ Monteverde Clinic 2nd Semester: Scenario Planning – Part 2 Pedestrian Passageway – Plaza Deportes in Santa Ele na Recycling Center for Municipality of Monteverde Sidewalk & Streetscape improvements for Municipalit y of Monteverde – Part 1 Church Design – Santa Elena Project One: Bamboo Sales Office for EcoBamb, San Luis This project is a design-build opportunity that uti lizes an existing structural bamboo framework and will include architectural design det ailing for the structure, as well as assisting in the complete buildout of the structure including erecting the bamboo frame, installing a sheet-metal roof, building wood and co ncrete fiber-board curtain walls, adding windows and doors, electrical wiring & inter ior lighting, and built-in shelving or other furnishings per the clients’ wishes. Design work will include the following: meeting with clients to determine specific needs in side and outside the new structure, design detailing in architecture site design for parking and paper drying Skills desired in students working on this project: architectural design site design construction management construction & tool use experience Comments: This project utilizes an existing bamboo structural frame that was originally intended for another site and use, but was deemed i nappropriate for that site, and has

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been in storage for the past two years. Bamboo, wh ile somewhat limited in application in Monteverde due to climatic conditions, is an abunda nt material in central America, and one of the most sustainable structural materials kn own. This particular structure utilizes a unique structural system designed by a Costa Rican architecture firm specializing in design with bamboo, joining columns and trusses usi ng machine or carriage bolts. Project Two: Scenario Planning update for Los Llano s This project is an urban planning project, extendin g the history of “Scenario Planning” undertaken by sustainable Futures since 2001. In t his case, we will revisit a neighborhood or sub-community within the Municipali ty of Monteverde known as Los Llanos. Los Llanos is located approximately 1 km t o the south and west of the larger urban center of Santa Elena, and has absorbed much of the residential growth of the past 5 years. Utilizing the methods we have developed o ver the past 6 years, this project will document the existing urban conditions in Los Llano s, comparing our results for the same area from 2003, and explore scenarios for the futur e of the area over the next 5-10 years. This project will include mapping field recorded co nditions using Arc-GIS. Planning work will include the following: meeting with clients to determine specific needs of the municipality with regard to potential scenarios and provisions of potential fu ture development codes, inventory and analysis of exiting conditions in the Los Llanos community, including structures, land use, streets & roads, pu blic infrastructure, transportation & traffic, local population & demographics, waterwa ys/drainage, recreation & natural areas, potentially others… development of a GIS spatial database for the inven tory & analysis above scenario modeling for 2010/2020 Skills desired in students working on this project: architectural design site design urban planning GIS (Arc-GIS or Arc-MAP ver. 9.x) Comments: This project builds on an existing scenar io planning exercise for Los Llanos completed by Sustainable Futures in 2003. Since th at time, substantial change and growth has occurred in this area of Monteverde, inc luding the formal creation of the municipal government. Because the municipal govern ment a this time does yet not have an adopted “plan regulador” (the Costa Rican equiva lent of a comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance), this year’s project is intended to provide the municipality with opportunities to test various regulatory strategies in a specific location that is experiencing growth stress. At the same time, this is a location in the community that does not carry some of the potential for controvers y that is inherent in this process. Project Three: Sidewalk & Streetscape improvements for Municipality of Monteverde

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Sustainable design and development are often associ ated with “green buildings,” “low impact design” for storm water management, and bioc orridor design and habitat protection. Here in Monteverde, it also means more simple things like providing for safe and efficient pedestrian movement so that not every one needs to be in a car or taxi for short trips. This project will examine the need for improvements to the main streets between Santa Elena, Cerro Plano, and Monteverde wi th the intent of improving safety, efficiency, and comfort of pedestrian traffic. It is particularly timely because of the recent paving of much of this primary road; vehicle speeds have increased dramatically on paved portions of the road, and due to the metho d of construction, the area of the roadway available to pedestrians is significantly r educed. Potential improvements include gravel trails paralleling the road where po ssible, formal paved sidewalks in locations where demand and community character sugg est they might be appropriate, and a range of traffic calming devices retrofitting the road itself to reduce vehicle speed and increase driver awareness. Design & Planning work will include the following: meeting with clients to determine specific needs of the municipality, particularly regarding the level of detail necessary to facilita te construction. inventory and analysis of existing conditions along the route of the proposed walks and trails; this will include detailed survey s of existing shoulder conditions (topography, drainage, vegetation, etc.) referenced to station points along the road’s centerline profile. Unfortunately no road p rofile now exists, so we will establish one for the municipality, including setti ng benchmarks for future implementation work. development of an AutoCAD base drawing for recordin g all survey data and facilitating detailed design drawings research on erosion control, trail and walk design, accessibility standards, traffic calming design of trails, sidewalks, steps, ramps, handrail s, small retaining walls, surface and subsurface drainage features, traffic calming f eatures, street tree planting, and erosion control planting Skills desired in students working on this project: site design surveying AutoCAD Comments: This is a very exciting project for Susta inable Futures this year. It is HUGELY important for the local community, in that t he pedestrian conditions along the main road between Santa Elena and Cerro Plano are n ow extremely dangerous. If we can see our plans finished before a pedestrian is serio usly injured or killed, we will have really accomplished something! Perhaps just as imp ortant is the fact that this is not a preliminary or exploratory exercisethe Municipal ity and the National College of Architects and Engineers (sort of a comb ination of the Costa Rican version of the AIA/ASLA and Costa Rican Professional Licensing Organization) have pledged to fund the implementation of this project.

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Project Four: Accessible Facilities Design for Swim ming Pool & Parking Lot at the Monteverde Health Clinic This project is primarily site design, with a poten tial for significant architectural elements. Sustainable Futures has a history of ass isting local government or non-profit groups to consider accessible or universal design i n their facilities, and in this case, we will be working with the government health clinic i n Santa Elena. The clinic is a full service primary care facility serving all local res idents as a part of Costa Rica’s national healthcare network. Currently Monteverde is a VERY difficult place to be disabled, and facilities for physical or occupational therapy sim ply do not exist here on the mountain. The addition of an accessible parking lot and swimm ing pool for use in physical therapy is seen as an important step forward for the local clinic. Design work will include the following: meeting with clients to determine specific needs of the clinic with regard to the types and needs of users of the proposed facilities inventory and analysis of exiting conditions at the site, including base map preparation w/ topography research on accessibility codes and standards for C osta Rica research on solar heating for pool water site design for all facilities, w/ architectural de signs for pool enclosure or roofing Skills desired in students working on this project: architectural design site design 3-D modeling in SketchUp or AutoCAD Comments: While this project may seem fairly tradit ional, there may be a variety of opportunities to incorporate sustainable design met hods and technologies, such as solar heating for the pool facility, and collection of po ol cover/roof water for non-potable use.