Habitarte “Comunidad, arte y diseño”
Designer: Wilfredo Pérez Espino
Professor: Arch. José R. Coleman-Davis and Arch.Victor Nieto
Location: Barrio Machuchal, Santurce, Puerto Rico
Project / Date: May 2013
TOS[er]: Tamaris Álvarez
Due to the economic situation that the Island is in, many spaces available to local artists have closed. This has resulted in the exodus of many artists and the ones who stay have less opportunity to produce “…artistic work that enriches the culture…” – Pérez, W. Santurce is historically a multidisciplinary community known for his cultural diversity. Recently, it has become a point of interest for both public and community/artist-based iniciatives to promote tourisms through cultural activation. Given these objectives, Habitarte provides an opportunity for society to gain and/ or expand art-related knowledge through education; supplemented with activities that promote cultural interest. This desire drives the concern to bring together all those interested in the “art world” and the “art” of creative expression. As Wilfredo neatly states, it is a place for the “…exchange of knowledge, experiences and skills … (that) will be the heart of the project.” – Pérez, W.