Day 1

June 25, 2013

Punta Cana


ON PROGRESS / Definition Series

Cruce de Verón


The possibility of a better world is narrowly seen through only one lens; many societies around the world are today immersed and often driven by the illusion of progress. In a context like the Dominican Republic where tourism is the single biggest revenue earner, high-end resorts stand meters away from workers living in the fringe of what would be acceptable for modern western living standards. At the same time, cantinas with relaxed individuals might be observing in peace and with a charming calm the horizon, very far away from the frenzy of modern hyper connected life. In the Dominican Republic there are many directions to grow, but what is it that we refer when we talk about progress?


This event was free and open to the public.

Participating Experts

Christy Cheng (NY architect)

Dominic Leong & Chris Leong (NY architects)

Robert Mena (writer & journalist)

Ariosto Montisano (local tourism representative)

Emil Rodríguez Garabot (architect and urban planner)

Michelle Valdez (local architect and urban planner)

Gustavo Valdez (local architect and urban planner)

Moderated by Eva Franch i Gilabert (NY/BCN curator and architect)


Definitions Series is an online and live event that constructs multiple definitions from different viewpoints of a singular word or concept. Participants contribute online and during the event by reading their personal definition of a word followed by a group discussion with the audience.


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About Storefront International Series

Storefront International Series (Storefront IS) is a nomadic project that takes the Storefront Series to different cities and territories around the globe. Establishing a transversal format of inquiry, Storefront International Series works with local individuals and institutions to identify relevant topics and address the most pressing challenges by providing alternative frameworks of discussion. With a mix of local and global experts from the fields of art, architecture, literature, politics, real state, anthropology, economics, technology and science and citizens at large, the Storefront International Series aims to articulate local desires within global understandings. 


Benefactor Sponsor


Lead sponsorship of Storefront IS is provided by Vectorworks.




About Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. 
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Storefront IS Dominican Republic Sponsors

Support for the Storefront IS DR was provided by BME Eventos, CBS Developments, Estudio Caribe, LAD, La Alpargatería, Miliú, Parada 77, Pinewood Indomina Studios,  Agua Planeta Azul,  and   UNPHU (Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña). 




For information on sponsorship of Storefront IS, please contact Kara Meyer, Director of External Relations at