Costa Rica promotes the development of urban, inclusive and sustainable housing models with CABEI support


With the multilateral's sponsorship, an Architectural Competition was launched last week to be part of the VUIS Model Compendium.

San Jose, April 12th, 2022.- In order to promote projects under the Inclusive and Sustainable Urban Housing (VIUS) modality in Costa Rica on unused or underutilized land located in urbanized areas, the Architectural Competition was launched this Thursday to be part of the VUIS Model Compendium with the financial support of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI).

This is a joint initiative between the Ministry of Housing and Human Settlement (MIVAH), the Housing Mortgage Bank (BANVHI), the Costa Rican Association of Engineers and Architects (CFIA), and the Costa Rican Association of Architects (CACR), which seeks to promote small-scale but highly replicable projects for low-income and middle-income housing that maintain a small physical footprint by being built vertically.

"For CABEI, the process of urbanization with a focus on sustainable cities that are resilient to climate change is of great importance, which is why we decided to support this interesting initiative so that the construction model can be replicated more and more, guaranteeing decent and safe housing for those who need it most," said CABEI Executive President, Dr. Dante Mossi.

One of the initiatives supported by CABEI in Costa Rica in the area of housing is the Housing and Sustainable Habitat Development Program Trust Fund (PROVIDAS-CR), which in recent years has built 1,402 new homes and remodeled another 268.

Those interested in participating in the contest can register for free through the link: