Hyper-capitalism, Natural resources, Condado, Puerto Rico, Destruction of coastline, Architectural Landscape, Canal systems, Bioengineered wetland, Communal space
Architectural Engineering | Architectural Technology | Architecture | Urban, Community and Regional Planning
THE WAY OF WATER: A CULTURAL REVIVAL MARIANA MUNOZ:
This thesis aims to address the challenges facing the coastal community of Condado, Puerto Rico, by proposing interventions that protect against floods and restore access to water, while also enhancing daily life and cultural practices. Through an examination of the community’s existing conditions, and answer three research questions: (1) how to mitigate flooding without displacing the community, (2) how to meet the needs of the community during times of emergency, and (3) how to integrate interventions into daily life and existing practices. The proposed interventions include a canal system to redirect excess water, with breakwaters and locks to control water movement and communal pools to provide access to water, as well as a hurricane-resistant community center with a communal kitchen and sustainable water management system. By drawing on the community’s history, traditions, and norms, and prioritizing the needs of the most vulnerable members of the community, this thesis aims to create infrastructure that not only addresses immediate challenges but also fosters community resilience and sustainability.
Munoz, Mariana, "The Way of Water: A Cultural Revival" (2023). Architecture Senior Theses. 533.
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