San Juan, Puerto Rico

Collaborative Research and Design for a Resilience Pilot

Rebuild is working with The City of San Juan on a resilience pilot in the neighborhoods of Playita, Shangay, and El Checo to address multiple challenges the communities face including stormwater and sanitary sewer systems, informal housing, and economic and health disparities. The resilience pilot will inform the city’s resilience strategy as a member of 100 Resilient Cities. The 2-Stage collaborative research and collaborative design process based on Rebuild’s model kicked-off in October 2016 with parallel workshops with the communities and government agencies, where stakeholders were invited to draft their vision and goals, and discuss research questions for the proposed Community Development Plan.   

The kick off included a walking tour of the communities was organized by the City with multiple agencies and non-governmental stakeholders including the Environmental Protection Agency and local architects, and a community clean-up and revitalization for a local basketball court that was the source of health issues to community residents.  The newly refurbished basketball court will serve as reminder to the communities that the project has been launched, and community participation will be integral to the process over the next 6-8 months as we better understand the challenges and refine potential interventions.