Puerto Rico Disaster Mitigation and Recovery Studio
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This student-driven studio was a response to the widespread devastation left by two powerful hurricanes, Hurricane María and Hurricane Irma, that impacted Puerto Rico in 2017. Driven by their concern for Puerto Rico’s population, students with close ties to the island proposed a joint studio with the University of Puerto Rico’s Graduate School of Planning (EGP). Faculty at SCaRP and EGP ran parallel courses and an exchange program, which was awarded support from the APA Foundation Disaster Grant. Overall, the studio had two main objectives: • To develop a transferable model to channel planning assistance to other vulnerable communities – one which captures local and institutional resources and talent. • To enhance the capacity of next-generation planners to manage climate change issues and devise transferable tools and analytics that strengthen the planning capability of local communities and organizations.