These houses are designed to help Puerto Rico survive future storms


‘ARCHITECTS ARE TESTING THE LIMITS OF RESILIENT, OFF-GRID HOUSING TO PREPARE FOR THE NEXT STORM THAT KNOCKS OUT POWER.’ .. Puerto Rican ingenuity!! #BoricuaSpirit …

Repeating Islands

A report by Adele Peters for Fast Company.

Across the island, architects are testing the limits of resilient, off-grid housing to prepare for the next storm that knocks out power.

In Villalba, Puerto Rico, a small town on a remote mountainside in the path of Hurricane Maria, it took months for power and water to come back to some homes after the storm slammed into the island. The infrastructure is still fragile, and access to tap water still sometimesdisappears for days at a time.

Now, architects plan to build a community of resilient homes in the town that can better weather future storms. The houses can work off the grid, without any municipal services, for one tothree months, depending on the number of occupants, says Jonathan Marvel, founder ofMarvel Architects, a firm based in both New York and Puerto Rico that designed the new houses.

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I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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