Abstract of my Study
My primary topic of study is the typologies in resort designs and its relationship between the urban fabric the resort is located in. Particularly focusing and having the interest in the spatial configurations of resort campuses in vacation sites like that of Puerto Rico and trying to figure out the impacts they have in the communities around the resort. Focusing more into that scope, the impacts I will mainly focus on will be the relation in context with the location the resort is in. I will be defining the terms Resort by its typology and design features that are provided. I would like to study elements of the social aspects: recreational, relaxation, sun/shade, etc. Anything and everything about social aspects of how a person thinks and acts in order to utilize the space. A resort is designed a particular way to create this relaxed feeling to it. I want to study what that is. At the same time, I want to focus on how these configurations work as a contextual influence to the people using the site. Where are these people going? Where they coming from? Why do they use this path? What are the physical conditions? Personally, I think the resorts of Puerto Rico would be an interesting match to this topic because the prestigious connotation it has. While planning on which area to study, I asked myself why not study multiple sites. I decided to come up with the idea of going to Puerto Rico and studying the resort campuses there and going to a majority of the Caribbean islands and doing a study there with how the resorts are used there and comparing the result within those sites with Puerto Rico and comparing how these resorts are used based on the social and cultural constructs of the place.
Period of Study:
May 22- August 29
Independent Study of Resort Design
Exchange Program in
The School of Architecture Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
How does the urban fabric of a community in the island of Puerto Rico affect the typology of both all-inclusive and boutique resorts in relation to its context in the major cities of Ponce, San Juan, and Mayaguez, Puerto Rico?
o How are resorts designed to fit their function to their targeted clienteles based on the location of the resort?
o What types of different resorts are there and what defines them to be what they are?
o What is the relationship between spatial character and form in resorts in the major cities of Puerto Rico?
o How can local communities contribute a new aspect of resort design to sustain their culture?
o What is an urban fabric? What features does it consist of?
o What’s the define scale between an all-inclusive and a boutique resort?
o How does the size of the community affect the size of the Resort?
o In what relation does the resort have in context to its location?
Keywords: Amenities, hospitality, commercial design, coastal, resort industry, international ecotourism,
eco resort master plan, conservation, place product, sustainable development, resort hotel landscape, global, comparative, landscape experience, place, urban fabric, scale