Bogotá is undergoing a cultural and economic revolution, and BoCo allows citizens to actively participate in the process

For quite some time, the South American country of Colombia has been plagued with violence, drug trafficking, and economic crises. Overcoming such hardships is not an easy feat, but its capital city, Bogotá, is revamping its infrastructure and turning to urban design to establish a sense of community and improve quality of life.

Jose Fresnedo, a design student at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, whose originally from Bogota, has created BoCo, a crowdfunding platform for designers living in the Colombian city who want to help solve urban issues. The online platform lets users pitch innovative solutions to social problems, support posted projects, and celebrate successful projects through fundraising events.

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