RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FUTURE GROWTH OF MONTEVERDE, COSTA RICA (2002)
A Thesis by Felipe Oltremari
Monteverde is a community on the Tilarán Cordillera of Costa Rica. Its economy is driven by ecotourism of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve (MCFP), that holds a rare habitat with unique species of plants and animals. The main attractions are the birds, especially the quetzal. Many of these species follow the fruiting of a few tree species in an altitudinal migration. Consequently, they leave protected habitat to feed on unprotected forest patches. Ecotourism has caused unprecedented growth in the area. As land is developed to accommodate for more visitors and residents, it threatens to eliminate critical unprotected habitat and cause local extinctions,. This project develops recommendations for the future growth of Monteverde in order to preserve rare habitat and its species. The process creates a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) database for the study area, and takes into account Costa Rican law, conservation principles and landscape ecology theory to promote areas of reforestation, conservation, and development. The conclusions suggest methods to implement this environmental plan.
ALTERNATIVE FUTURES FOR MONTEVERDE: SCENARIO PLANNING (2001)
Sustainable Futures 2001 engaged architecture, landscape architecture, and planning students and faculty in an exploration of the future development of the Monteverde Zone. We were asked to work with the Monteverde Institute and various community members to address the issue of the rapid growth in the zone and to suggest ways for the community to have more control over the process. We designed a method of work based on scenario planning strategies.
PLANNING PRACTICES OF COSTA RICA: ISSUES RELEVANT TO PLANNING IN MONTEVERDE (2001)
Research concerning Costa Rica road standards, land use regulations, planning and zoning, water laws, and settlement patterns was conducted by Sustainable Futures students, Felipe Oltremari and Luis Fernando Gonzalez. The purpose of this research was to facilitate the Monteverde community design process and to predict future growth in the area. This research involved deciphering Costa Rican laws and interviewing Monteverde community members and Costa Rican academics. In addition, investigations of traffic calming initiatives and the proposed paving of the Monteverde road were conducted.
UB INTERNATIONAL ARTICLE (1999)
By Lynda Schneekloth
Students participating in the Sustainable Futures Summer Abroad program study, live, and work in a small rural Costa Rican rain forest community that is struggling to achieve a balance between its agricultural base, the pressures of eco-tourism, and the desire to live sustainably as a community at the edge of a cloud forest. This program, jointly sponsored by the School of Architecture and Planning at UB and the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland in collaboration with the Monteverde Institute, has welcomed graduate and upper level students from the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture and planning.