Puerto Rican Architecture
From Amanda Guzman
We questioned the future of space on the island. What does it look like? Who will create it? Who is it for? We analyzed both the complexity of rebuilding the island's fragile infrastructure post-Hurricane Maria with the variable factor of government aid as well as the legacy of economic tax incentives evidenced in the migration of American businesses and the local emergence of privileged spaces.
Colom critically materializes 20th century promises of modernity and progress in an overview of how land was re-distributed, and how new housing typologies (from public housing to urbanizaciones) began to take shape and redefine residential life. Describing recent disasters (e.g. hurricanes, earthquakes) as "stress tests," she complicates popular media visions of Puerto Rico as a site of ruin as she unpacks the remarkable, however asymmetrical resilience of contemporary island housing structures, grounded in traditional, intergenerational knowledge.
Indexing work completed by Trinity undergraduates, Elaine Ren and Xiaohan Liu. To access the indexing chapters for this talk, click the icon at the top left of the video.