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Miniciudades : ¿Nuevas formas urbanas en San José (Costa Rica) y Ciudad Guatemala (Guatemala)?

Abstract : Mini-cities are new real-estate products whose emergence has been identified in Central American cities since the beginning of the 21st century. These are projects of private initiative that combine urban mixed uses, creating a multifunctional territory, materialized in a landscape and in a morphology determined by structuring elements that seem to appeal some of the architectural principles of New Urbanism. These projects have the characteristic of presenting diversity in the loan of goods and services, functions and relationships between actors and urban spaces. The comparative research between Avenida Escazú (Costa Rica) and Ciudad Cayalá (Guatemala) verifies how mini-cities are participating in the process of urban restructuring by offering options from the private sector to face the metropolitan challenges, introducing new socio-economic dynamics, modifying factual and symbolic centralities and changing commercial relationships between urbanites and other urban spaces. Far from following the academic current that historically has negatively criticized the commercial and residential typologies inherited from the processes of globalization, this research opens a niche of study in the Central American urban systems by introducing an urban form never before addressed in the urban geography of the Isthmus.
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Sabrine Acosta Schnell. Miniciudades : ¿Nuevas formas urbanas en San José (Costa Rica) y Ciudad Guatemala (Guatemala)?. Geography. Université de la Sorbonne nouvelle - Paris III, 2020. Español. ⟨NNT : 2020PA030041⟩. ⟨tel-03450177⟩



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