Blueprint: A CNE Housing and Land Initiative

The Center for a New Economy’s Blueprint initiative is a collective exercise in defining a path forward for housing and land use in Puerto Rico. Through its cross-sectorial events and publications, Blueprint provides a platform for productive conversations and knowledge exchanges on issues of land ownership, accessibility, and safe housing. These efforts will serve to develop a programmatic and inclusive housing and land use framework that meets the complex needs of Puerto Rico’s reconstruction process.
For more information about the Blueprint initiative, read our positioning paper:

Notes for a Planning and Public Policy Framework for Housing in Puerto Rico

The Blueprint Team

Deepak Lamba-Nieves

Research Director & Churchill G. Carey, Jr.
Chair in Economic Development Research

Raúl Santiago-Bartolomei

Research Associate

Blueprint is part of the portfolio of projects of the CNE Growth Commission. To ensure maximum rigor and relevance, Blueprint will have an Advisory Board led by Shaun Donovan, former Secretary of the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Other members of the Advisory Board include:
  • Lucilla Fuller Marvel, Professional planner
  • Michelle Sugden Castillo, Professional planner and housing consultant
  • Amanda Silva, Director, Habitat for Humanity Puerto Rico
  • Annette Kim, Associate Professor, Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California
  • Maritza Barreto, Professor of Planning, Graduate School of Planning, University of Puerto Rico
  • Carmen Milagros Concepción, Professor (Retired), Graduate School of Planning, University of Puerto Rico
  • Érika Fontánez, Professor, School of Law, University of Puerto Rico
  • Raúl Santiago-Bartolomei, Research Associate, Center for a New Economy
  • Enrique Silva, Director of International and Institute-wide Initiatives, Lincoln Land Institute

Blueprint will organize events and conduct research focused on each of its three main themes: Tenure Security and Informal Settlements, Affordable Housing, and Safe and Durable Housing.
Click on the themes below for information about our events and publications.

White Paper

Urban Informality: International Trends and Policies to Address Land Tenure and Informal Settlements
by Oscar Sosa López, Raúl Santiago Bartolomei & Deepak Lamba-Nieves


“Land Tenure and Informal Settlements: International Trends and Lessons for Puerto Rico.”
San Juan, Puerto Rico
February 8, 2019
  • María E. Hernández, Adjunct Professor, Legal Assistance Clinic, University of Puerto Rico School of Law
  • Annette M. Kim, Associate Professor, University of Southern California
  • Edwin Quiles, Founder and Director, Taller de Arquitectura y Urbanismo Comunitario
  • Lyvia Rodríguez, Executive Director, Caño Martin Peña ENLACE Project
  • Enrique R. Silva, Director of International and Institute-Wide Initiatives, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

  • Deepak Lamba-Nieves (1:00)
Moderated Discussion (1:45:30)
Audience Q&A (2:15:19)
Read the Event Proceedings

White Paper

Release date to be determined.


The second Blueprint conference, “Affordable Housing in Times of Crisis: Lessons for Puerto Rico,” will take place in San Juan on November 5, 2019.

White Paper

Release date to be determined.


The third Blueprint conference will take place in early 2020.
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