Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico | Harvard GSD

Oct 19, 2017

Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico: Lessons for Future Urban Disasters
Panel Discussion at the Harvard Graduate School of Design

What can we learn from what has happened in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria with regard to preparing for future natural and climatic disasters? What planning, design, and implementation actions would have secured a more equitable outcome? Are lessons from the Puerto Rico experience generalizable or are there unique circumstances related to the island’s pre-existing financial and infrastructure conditions? How do planners and designers address problems of finance and infrastructure beyond their immediate remit? Should rebuilding everywhere be encouraged or restricted? How is vulnerability assessed — in its natural or social capital? Under local circumstances… is optimism warranted?

These and other questions will be explored in dialogue with panelists from Puerto Rico.

Please join Harvard Graduate School of Design School faculty members Rosetta S. Elkin and Jerold Kayden (moderator), with special guests by live video Alejandra Castro- dad-Rodríguez and Jose Juan Terrasa-Soler for presentations and discussion, to try and describe the lessons we share, for discussing, managing, describing and anticipating future urban disasters.

Alejandra Castrodad-Rodríguez
Chief Resilience Officer, City of San Juan, Puerto Rico

Jose Juan Terrasa-Soler
Director, Marvel Architects (San Juan, Puerto Rico) I Former Director of Planning and Development, Puerto Rico Tourism Company

Rosetta S. Elkin
Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture and Co-Director, MDes
Risk & Resilience, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Jerold Kayden
Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design,
Harvard University Graduate School of Design

October 20, 2017 | 12:15 PM
Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium