Dr. Anna Irene Del Monaco
Rebuilding Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The resistance of the suburban settlement culture in the Caribbean
This short study documents a summary of the cultural and technical debate on ‘reconstruction’ developed in recent years in the specific context of Puerto Rico, following the environmental and economic disaster caused by two successive hurricanes on the island in 2017, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. The design interventions and long-term visions promoted through an initiative, Puerto Rico Re_Start, led after the disaster by the University of Florida, with the support of the main local universities, and the housing solutions developed by the most culturally active architects of the island, show that the typically American suburban settlement culture, despite the evident risks, continues to be the preferred choice of Puerto Ricans. The text also highlights, through reference to some field studies carried out by a Sapienza University team within the initiatives of the University of Florida, the insufficiency of the suburban settlement model compared to the mobility system and the means of transport most commonly used on the island.
Ibiebeleme Opuso-Jama, Junior in the UF School of Architecture
Ibiebeleme took a leadership role in a collaborative project between Gainesville Regional Utilities and the College of Design, Construction and Planning to design a new Aquifer Replenishment Park for West Gainesville. “The work was compiled into a booklet, discussed with GRU technical staff, and received with much appreciation” said Professor Martha Kohen, Director of the UF Center for Hydro-Generated Urbanism.
T’Quion C. Smith, Senior in the UF School of Architecture
T’Quion is a Senior undergraduate student who explored the Floridan Aquifer as part of his Design Studio class. His project investigated the characteristics of the Santa Fe river in Alachua County, Florida where the river disappears underground into the Floridan Aquifer at O’Leno State Park and resurfaces at River Rise Preserve State Park. T’Quion created three Design Interventions that depict the experience of exploring and understanding the Florida Aquifer viewed from three different spatial perspectives. T’Quion hopes to pursue a master’s degree in Architecture to further his knowledge and practice in the field while working at an architecture firm in a collaborative environment. He loves to travel with his friends and hiking.
COVID-19 and the Built Environment
The LenZes Seminar series will give an in-depth look at different aspects of the pandemic and its impact on various industries and areas of study. This series will feature members and friends of the One Health Center to address these specific issues especially relevant during this time.
Learn more at https://onehealth.ifas.ufl.edu/
Expo Presentation – Saturday September 21, 2019
Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College NY
The CHU will be sharing the latest outcomes of the last Puerto Rico Re_Start II student proposals for rapid response, resiliency and reconstruction of the Island.
UF|CHU Director Nancy Clark will present recent research on Community Resilience and Planned Relocation in Puerto Rico
Friday June 21st 2019
Jerome Greene Hall Columbia University
Presentation – Wednesday January 16, 2019
Bob Graham Center for Public Service 232 Pugh Hall
A little over a year after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the University of Florida has emerged as a leader in research and scholarship focused on rebuilding. UF is uniquely positioned because of its geography and Florida’s familiarity with Puerto Rico’s context when it comes to climate, tropical issues and Hispanic culture. On Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora, architecture professors Martha Kohen and Nancy Clark, who have spearheaded this international effort discussed UF’s work and collaborations aimed at helping the island imagine a more resilient future.
Interview/Feature Article, Explorer Magazine: Research at the University of Florida, Fall 2018 Issue “Resilience after the Storm”, Features Research and Projects for Puerto Rico Restart as well as interview and citations