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Jorge Rigau FAIA Orchestrates Tours of Isabela's Canals

By: Marissa Brassfield - Published: Apr 5, 2009 • References: estudiointerlinea and notcot.org
You might think that irrigation channels such as those found in Isabela, Puerto Rico aren’t particularly ideal spots for a tourist attraction, but architectural firm Jorge Rigau FAIA begs to differ. They took one kilometer of Isabela’s canals and turned them into an ecotourism hotspot for two days to prove that with the proper development, public access to these facilities could prove beneficial.

Over the 48-hour period, over 3,000 registered visitors were led on guided tours of the Isabela canals and learned about their history, design, cultural impact, and changes the canals had on the surrounding landscape. I’m particularly fond of the oversized words—made of environmentally-sensitive foam, naturally—that are scattered along the trail to implore visitors to consider the potential of the project.