Puerto Rico Re_Start 2 – 2019

The workshop addressed the resiliency for the future of the Islands, with expected consequences beyond Puerto Rico, to the Virgin Islands, Guadalupe, Dominica, Barbuda, Haiti and more. Interdisciplinary participants, professionals and academics gathered around subjects of investigation and project proposals. The international participants, the UNESCO for Sustainable Urban Quality and Urban Culture, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR), the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, the Puerto Rico Planning Board, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Office of Research and the International Center at UF, together with Puerto Rico' scholars, and stakeholders worked on the coordination of the comprehensive long-term research agenda, where topics related to a wide selection of issues were addressed, and long-term priorities established. Three main sections guided the workshop:

1. Research Table Discussion

Gathered data and prioritized research objectives; this scientific meeting discussed its conclusions publicly by the end of the workshop (economics, population, migration, infrastructure, housing stock, legal environment, finance). The research table-clearing house promoted mixed teams to develop grants and further research.

2. Public Evening Lecture Series

Showcased incoming contributors, successful initiatives and case studies.

3. Design Laboratories

Professionals, faculty and students from UF, Polytechnic and international institutions from Europe and Latin America participated in the visioning process. The Labs convened interdisciplinary expertise into integrated proposals. Stakeholders and public officials were invited to actively participate. The Workshop results were presented publicly for discussion.


Design Lab 1 – Transportation
Use transportation as the platform for the recovery and development of the future. Public transportation and “Tren Urbano” of Puerto Rico.
Harold Lathon FEMA, Indira Maneiro FEMA, Pedro Cardona and Luis García Pelatti (Arq. Plan.) Marta Bravo.

Design Lab 2 – New Economic Drivers
Territorial impact of a changing economy, agro-industry and tourism.
Edwin Melendez (Center for Puerto Rican Studies) and Martha Kohen.

Design Lab 3 – Basin Based Approach, Re-naturalization and Abandonment
Island wide river basins integrative planning, proposals for reconfiguration of inhabited risk areas.
Lucila Marvel, David Prevatt (UF), Eileen Pouymerou (Puerto Rico Planning Board), Edmundo Colón (Plan. – Geol. – ArqP.).

Design Lab 4 – Arecibo’s Coastal Plains and Atlantic Erosion
Coexistence of nature and human settlements in the Arecibo coastal plains.
Nancy Clark (UF), Jorge Rigau (PRUP)

Design Lab 5 – Array of Resilient Constellations
Mitigating risk through resource sharing for vulnerable settlements.
Anna Irene del Monaco and Antonino Saggio  (La Sapienza).

Design Lab 6 – Cities and Housing Strategies: The 3-tier approach
Consolidating urban centers though reuse, infill and expansion. (Cataño, Toa Baja, Toa Alta, Dorado, Vega Alta y Vega Baja)
Rubén Otero (Brazil), Marina Moscoso and Omayra Rivera.

Design Lab 7 – Eco Transformation
Adapting existing neighborhoods for a resilient future
Dr. Harrison Fraker (UC-Berkeley), and Silvia Aloisio (La Sapienza), Jonathan Marvel, José Juan Terrassa, Irvis Gonzalez.

Design Lab 8 – American Railroad
Re configuring existing assets for new economic perspectives, transportation and tourism.
Jeff Carney (UF), Massimo Angrilli and Clara Verazzo (D’Annunzio University of Chieti - Pescara), Italy.


Dr. Silvia Aloisio

Dr. Edwin Melendez

Dr. David Prevatt

Dr. Harrison Fraker

Plan. Luis García Pelatti

Dr. Arc. Fernando Abruña, FAIA

Prof. Francisco Javier Rodriguez, AIA, DPACSA

Dr. Lucio Barbera

Prof. Nancy Clark

Prof. Ruben otero

Prof. Antonino Saggio

Arc. Plan. Edwin Quiles

Arc. Plan. Pedro M. Cardona Roig

Prof. William Siembieda

Anna Irene del Monaco

Arc. Jonathan Marvel

Prof. Jeff Carney

Arc. Jorge Rigau

Prof. Humberto Cavallin

Plan. Lucilla Fuller Marvel, A.I.C.P., P.P.L.

Planner David Carrasquillo

Executive Summary