Infrastructure, Architecture, Landscape. Urban Fabric, San Juan, Coast
Infrastructure, architecture, and landscape have been commonly understood as three different entities within the urban fabric. Nevertheless, climatic uncertainties such as rising sea levels have proven that the division between these systems needs to be re-thought. How can this boundary be transformed into a more flexible urban development in which the water is seen as a habitat rather than a threat? The project I am proposing will use the Caño Martin Peña in San Juan, Puerto Rico as a testing ground to re-think how these systems can come together to form a more holistic architecture of resilience. By building for disaster instead of against it, this project will re-envision infrastructural means to rebuild a new coastal texture in which water becomes the framework of a more economically, ecologically and socially sustainable development.
Valldejuly, Natasha, "Liquid Borders: (re)claiming the coast through resilient urbanism" (2013). Architecture Senior Theses. Paper 176.
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