Island in crisis: Incubating innovation in Puerto Rico’s recovery to meet...

May 8, 2018 · Brooklyn, United States of America

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This workshop will use the UN Sustainable Development Goals and public perception as a framework to discuss relief efforts in Puerto Rico. The island has faced significant challenges since hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria. The isolated geographic location, poor condition of existing infrastructure, economic crisis, and low access of resources have marked an ongoing complex recovery process. This workshop will present an analytical framework for resilience and sustainability of infrastructure systems aligned with the SDGs and smart city concepts. Live polling will be integrated into the workshop session to obtain data on the audience perception regarding a real-world problem, and on challenges present in the rebuilding process using a concrete case study as a testbed. Discussions will be framed on research developed at Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure on holistic infrastructure systems, with the goal to enable discussions for solutions that redefine urban environments safer, smarter and more resilient.


Judith Rodriguez
Research Associate
Program Administrator
Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure
Harvard University

Judith Rodríguez focuses on key questions surrounding the sustainability and resilience of infrastructure, landscape, and cities. She is a Research Associate and Program Administrator at Harvard University Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure. Her experience includes assessments of large-scale infrastructure, mapping vulnerabilities to climate change, benchmarking flood resilience strategies, and using drones for mapping in the Amazon. Judith co-founded the Climate Adaptive Just Urbanism initiative articulating resilience through replicable design strategies. She holds Masters in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard GSD, and in Architecture from IIT. She is an Envision Sustainability Professional, LEED-AP, and Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness provider.

Cristina Contreras
Research Associate
Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure
Harvard University

Cristina Contreras is currently a Research Associate in the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University. Her work is focused on promoting sustainable infrastructure to incentivize international development. During the last years, Cristina has worked in quantifying infrastructure sustainability in more than 12 countries in the Latin American region, as well as an independent sustainability expert for Multilateral Development Banks. Ms. Contreras is an accredited Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP), and trainer. She holds a Master Degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management, with the special concentration in International Development from Harvard University and Bachelors Degrees in Technical Architecture and Building Engineering, both from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM).

Yannis Orfanos
Project Integration Lead
New York

Yannis Orfanos works at the intersection of spaces, tech, and sustainability. He is Project Integration Lead at WeWork and based in New York. Before WeWork, he was a Research Associate at the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the real estate & urban development curator at MIT Sloan's Sustainability Initiative. Yannis worked in international practices in London, Barcelona, and Athens, and successfully delivered large-scale urban projects, such as the new DHA City Karachi for 600,000 people. He has co-authored publications, and his most recent contribution is in Planning Sustainable Cities: An Infrastructure-based Approach (ed. Spiro Pollalis), published by Routledge. Yannis is an Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP).

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