Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico

by La Maraña
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Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
On-site participatory design workshop in Aguadilla
On-site participatory design workshop in Aguadilla

Dear all, 

 

This past months have been very exciting for the team. After 2 years of pandemic we were able to go full blast on community visits, workshops, and site-based projects- for us this is life. Physical contact is fundamental for generating confidence, trust and relationships with the communities that we work with. 

 

The Laboratorio de Diseño Participativo (LDP) process has given us the space to go back where we belong, accompanying our communities to pursue their collective dreams of a just recovery using participatory design as our main tool. Through a call for proposals via social media we invited communities to present themselves and tell us about the projects they are invested in and that needed support from us. 6 community groups solicited and 4 of them were selected. The 4 communities represent different environmental and socio-economic contexts throughout the Puerto Rican archipelago. (1) Los Usubales in Canóvanas- nestled in the luscious Northeastern part of the island, near El Yunque Rainforest- this community is product of a relocation process of 141 families from around the island after hurricane Georges in 2006. The government never finished the project, leaving the recreational areas unfinished. We are collaborating in the design of the future community park- La Reina de los Usubales. (2) Villa Pesquera del Ojo, Aguadilla is a community of fisherman located in the Crash Boat beach in the westernmost part of the main island. After hurricane Maria in 2019, the Villa Pesquera was completely destroyed, nonetheless the fisherman has been resisting political, economical and environmental pressure since then. Our objective is to accompany them in the reconstruction of their Villa Pesquera (3) Urbe A Pie is a non-profit organized in 2015 by a group of neighbors preoccupied by the rising abandonment and the lack of places to gather and develop spaces for local economic development in the urban context of the municipality of Caguas. The main goal of our collaboration is to revitalized a the Plaza Feliz- scenario for the monthly community market and the Huerto Feliz- a collective orchard. (4) Mujeres de Islas is founded by a group of women in Culebra to work with the abandoned schools around the municipality. They have been strongly developing projects that has an objetive food sovereignty, local economic development and sustainability of the island. They reached out to us to work together on the rehabilitation of a small public space located near the main port. 

 

Workshops on justice narrative, community mapping, design thinking, urban research and community planning among others are part of the tools we are currently offering to our partners. We have been testing the kits and tools developed for la Cartuchera Comunitaria (visit us here to see what this is about!) throughout the LDP process in order to have a broader input and ensure a product that will be useful for self-managed community organizing and planning processes. 

 

 

 

With lots of love, 

 

La Maraña

Urbe A Pie design presentation
Urbe A Pie design presentation
Community leaders in Canovanas
Community leaders in Canovanas

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Team Screening of the Desde Adentro documentary
Team Screening of the Desde Adentro documentary

 

Dear GlobalGiving community, 

 

The first three months of 2022 have stormed by! We are deeply grateful for your support, collaboration through this journey over the past four years. 

 As we transition out of a post-disaster model to a forward-looking creation standpoint, we launched the Laboratorio de Diseño Participativo (LDP) in February. The LDP is a project to share audiovisual and participatory design tools that allow prototyping, designing, and promoting creative solutions to the diversity of challenges faced by community groups across Puerto Rico in construction, infrastructures, public spaces, etc. We have partnered with four communities across Puerto Rico to facilitate and leverage the tools and resources needed to design the solutions that respond to their communities’ most pressing challenges. We are currently developing the plans for the first phase of the LDP to start in May with four unique communities! More on this collaboration soon!

 The LDP is part of Nuestre Espacio Común “Our Common Space” (hereinafter, NEC), a platform to research, plan, imagine and collectively build spaces that tell our stories and promote climate justice and equity in our communities. Recognizing the absence of accessible resources to carry out projects that advance climate justice through NEC La Maraña aims to disseminate participatory planning, design, and storytelling tools to organized communities,  to enable transformations toward climate justice.

Parallel to the launch of LDP, we have been polishing the latest cut of the Desde Adentro documentary and the Cartuchera Comunitaria. Desde Adentro is undergoing its last editing phase before heading into post-production. In addition, we are planning the distribution of the documentary. Be on the lookout for our social media in the coming months as we launch the film’s social media and website! 

As for the Cartuchera Comunitaria (click to take a look) , we have integrated it into the LDP and it will guide the workshops and activities moving forward with the different communities. As La Cartuchera stems from the work done in Imaginación Post Maria, we are very excited to share and use these tools with four different communities eager to transform their surroundings. We are currently revisiting the final texts and tools to launch parallel with the LDP communities in May. 

During this time, we joined in celebration of the 20 years of GlobalGiving! It was an honor to be part of such an important achievement and event that brought together many community leaders and organizations from across the world. Thanks to all of you ,for supporting and enabling so many communities and projects worldwide to radically imagine, design and build a better present. 

 Abrazos, 

Logo for the Laboratorio de Diseno Participativo
Logo for the Laboratorio de Diseno Participativo
At the office and out of zoom after a while
At the office and out of zoom after a while
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Event Poster

Dear GlobalGiving community, 

As we near the end of 2021, the team at La Maraña would like to share its immense gratitude for all of your support throughout this and all of the years. 

Over the past few months, and since we last shared an update with you, our team has been working on transitioning our work from Imaginación Post-María to the next phase of participatory community imagination and design.

As we transition out of a post-disaster model to a forward-looking standpoint of creation and not of repair or mitigation, we look forward to launching Nuestre Espacio Común (Our Common Space.) Our Common Space (hereinafter, NEC) seeks to be a platform to research, plan, imagine and collectively build spaces that tell our stories and that promote climate justice and equity from our communities. Recognizing the absence of accessible resources to carry out projects that advance climate justice, through NEC we will disseminate the participatory planning and design tools developed and make them available to organized communities to enable transformations towards climate justice.

As part of this transition, and 1,500 days after Hurricane María, we made sure to celebrate our partner communities’ successes in an event this past October. This day-long event gave us the opportunity to share in a physical space, after one too many months of virtuality, and once again connect with the dreams and goals that brought us together in the first place. Our partner communities for Imaginación Post Maria -Parceleras Afrocaribeñas por la Transformación Barrial (PATBA), Brigada Palomas, Asociación Recreativa y Educativa Comunal del Barrio Mariana de Humacao (ARECMA)- shared the work of the past three years and their reflections on the importance of participatory design in the the long term vision for the just recovery for communities across Puerto Rico. It was a great day filled with activities, food, joy and connection! 

We are also happy to announce that we have launched the preview to our very own Cartuchera Comunitaria™. We invite you to navigate to cartucheracomunitaria.com and familiarize yourself with the characters that will be leading us through the different kits of community planning and participatory design tools. We have Doña Luz with Community Mapping, Toni and his daughter Adriana with Imaginary Workshops, Susana with Community Processes, Marisa with Participatory Design and with Narrative Justice. Our aim is that by the next time we share an update with you we will have launched the full version. Stay tuned to our social media accounts and let us know what you think!  

Along with this preview, we are also excited to share that we are almost nearing the end of post-production for our documentary, Desde Adentro (From the Inside) and currently fundraising for the finishing touches of this long-awaited piece. We will soon be launching the trailer to this piece and can’t wait to see your reactions. 

We look forward to continue sharing our work with you and thank you for believing in the power of communal and innovative spaces! 

Happy Holiday Season! 

With so much care,
La Maraña's Team

Event Dynamic
Event Dynamic
The group at the event
The group at the event
Still from Cartuchera Comunitaria Intro Video
Still from Cartuchera Comunitaria Intro Video
Still from Desde Adentro trailer
Still from Desde Adentro trailer
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A Cielo Abierto Panel
A Cielo Abierto Panel

Dear GlobalGiving community, 

We hope you are all coping with the summer heat! Over the past couple of months, our team at La Maraña has been sweating it off to keep our work on schedule and constantly moving forward. 

During the months of May and June we continued facilitating panels across the archipelago as part of the A Cielo Abierto in collaboration with Ayuda Legal’s Just Recovery Campaign. In late June, we hosted the last of the series with a half-day of three panels including: Architecture, gender and participation; A journey from Vieques to Mayagüez and the final panel Paths to a Just Recovery. You can watch the live recordings on our YouTube channel or check out our Instagram channel for quick snippets of the diverse conversations and the communities’ key propositions.

To continue updating you on our ongoing work, we are so very close to finalizing the set of participatory design tools, Cartuchera Comunitaria™, and are planning its launch in the very near future. These tools stem from and have been designed to facilitate imagination, planning and execution of positive changes of communities across Puerto Rico and hopefully beyond. We encourage you to keep a close eye on our social media and email communications as we release teasers and more information about this very exciting project. 

Also, as a result of the learnings from our work over the last four years we are starting to focus on collectively defining La Maraña’s next phase in supporting Puerto Rico’s path toward a just recovery and the collective construction of more sustainable and livable environments. We aim to recognize, visualize, and build a communal space where communities, individuals and organizations gather to imagine, plan and design solutions for the problems their communities strive to supplant. Our aim for the remainder of this year is to focus on the launch of both our Cartuchera Comunitaria™ and Desde Adentro documentary as we transition out of a post-disaster model to a forward-looking standpoint of creation and not of repair or mitigation.

We are also happy to announce that we have finally settled into a new office space in Santurce and are looking forward to opening up our doors to all our allies and supporters. You can visit us at 225 Calle del Parque in San Juan at the historic and awestriking casa González-Cuyar

We look forward to sharing the launch of our upcoming projects with you and thank you for continuing to believe in the power of communal and innovative spaces! 

With so much care,
La Maraña's Team

Documenting in Humacao
Documenting in Humacao
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La Conde filming for the Documentary
La Conde filming for the Documentary

Dear GlobalGiving community, 

Since we last shared our updates with you, our team and partners have been working full speed ahead leading to the closing of our community grants as well as advancing on the development of our ToolKit and Documentary. 

Our partner community-based organization in Carolina, Parceleras Afrocaribeñas por la Transformación Barrial Inc. (PATBA,) are nearing the completion of their community kitchen, which will also serve as a meeting area with access to Wi-Fi. Over the last years, after becoming an 501c3, PATBA has flourished into a well-positioned non profit organization serving its strong and clear mission. We are extremely grateful to have been part of this process and are excited to share that they will continue operating with  independently secured funds that will keep moving the La Conde project forward. For further news on their transformative anti-racist just recovery journey, follow them on social media as @lacondepr. 

Meanwhile, our community partners in the La Vuelta del Dos and Los Guaretos neighborhoods of Comerío were able to directly impact over 180 families in the community through solar lights that provide increased security and mobility. Our partners in Comerío report as one of the major hurdles the diversity of needs perceived by different community members. Even though it led to some disagreements it was ultimately important to understand how to respect all individuals’ spaces and recognize that timing is a key component when leading a community social impact project. 

On another note, our base team has also been moving forward with the development of our Toolkit. While we work to assemble tools and resources that we believe could be of benefit to communities interested in embarking on just recovery processes, we have also started gathering and generating visual aids. Over the coming months we hope to gather feedback from community partners and other potential users that can shed light on potential gaps and opportunities that can strengthen the end product. Our Audiovisual team also continues to work tirelessly to finalize the production of the Documentary and we couldn't be more eager to share more details of this progress very soon. 

While these Imaginación Post-María related efforts continue to edge forward, we have started to brainstorm on what La Maraña’s future holds. As part of a series of panels on Puerto Rico’s just recovery we launched March 2021 in partnership with Ayuda Legal, A Cielo Abierto, we have been interacting with community leaders and organizations to provide a space where journeys to just recovery and discussions on how to advance on this front are shared across regions. As a result of the learnings from Imaginación Post-María and A Cielo Abierto along with the launch of the ToolKit, we are looking forward to defining how La Maraña will continue furthering Puerto Rico’s just recovery process in the coming years. 

Thank you for standing by us as we continue inching towards sustainable urbanism across the archipelago of Puerto Rico. 

With so much care,

La Maraña's Team

A Cielo Abierto: Southeast Panel in Mariana
A Cielo Abierto: Southeast Panel in Mariana
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Location: San Juan - Puerto Rico
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Project Leader:
Carlo Andre Oliveras Rodriguez
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