Sixty days after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, the most immediate necessity is still the lack of shelter. Even though many buildings survived the hurricane, a significant amount of them was left without a roof. Despite the distribution of tarpaulins, a standard emergency aid response, many more still remain braced against the elements, awaiting help. Through this hands-on initiative, students will face the design challenge of devising and building resilient, affordable and scalable strategies to shelter the surviving structures.
The first week will combine arranged lectures with currently active international and local nonprofits working on general disaster relief and shelter construction. Through this process, we will also collaborate with students from the University of Puerto Rico, School of Architecture, government, and local communities to better direct our efforts to those in need.