Early Resilient Framework Plan
In response to Hurricane Maria, architect and native Puerto Rican Yanel de Angel spearheaded a campaign to attract partners in academia, private industry, and the nonprofit and civic realms to come together and devise implementable recovery and resilience strategies for Puerto Rico. Over the course of a few months, the group grew into a global, interdisciplinary alliance known as ResilientSEE.
The alliance is currently conducting resilient planning for the Toa Baja municipality, which aims to create a framework plan that assesses the social, environmental, and economic risks and vulnerabilities for the community of Toa Baja and the island of Puerto Rico at large, ultimately recommending a set of guiding principles to help inform actions moving forward. With an open mindset, ResilientSEE will use a holistic system approach to co-create an infrastructure plan and position the community to seek federal funds for rebuilding.
Conceived in the Boston studio of Perkins and Will, the ResilientSEE team developed a resilient planning framework that can be applied to other neighborhoods, cities, and countries in need—any place at any scale. The name ResilientSEE stems from this flexible framework, a multi-lens approach to achieve resilience that considers “Social”, “Economic”, and “Environmental” vulnerabilities. The logo and visual identity that were developed graphically communicate our mission, methods, and goals.
– Desire Pearlman, Executive Assistant, Division of Economic Development and Tourism in Toa Baja