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Citizens of the Forest

Bosque Calderón lies at the base of the Eastern Hills of Bogotá at the intersection of the Mountain Forests and the rapidly expanding city of Bogotá. The neighborhood is rich in biodiversity and under growing pressure from both sides—real estate developers trying to move in and the community being under a constant risk of landslides. Our project works to redefine this ecotone between the city and the forest, with the community of Bosque Calderón at its core. We re-envision Bosque Calderón as a model biotic community, acknowledging the residents as citizens of the forest and granting them the agency to repair the ecology, the capacity to develop a symbiotic relationship with other species, and the right to land.