Day 2

June 26, 2013

IDENTITY / Total Enthusiasm Series

La Romana

Altos de Chavón


La Isabela in the DR was the first European city in the Americas. Dominican Republic’s architecture ranges from colonial architectures, to neoclassical styles, to modern buildings to self built constructions and favelas. However, if one is to look closely beyond forms and styles into what constitutes the culture of the place, one might ask: is there a “genius loci”, an identifiable form of architectural, urban or social space beyond inherited forms of culture production?


Participating Experts

Christy Cheng (NY, architect)

Diana Dalmasi (local architect)

Adolfo Despradel (local architect)

Dominic Leong & Chris Leong (NY architects)

Rafael Selman (local architect)

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


Total Enthusiasm Series is an event based on the exposure of ideas in a framework of celebration and exuberant camaraderie.


Storefront IS DR / Total Enthusiasm Series: Identity from Storefront for Art&Architecture on Vimeo.


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. 
Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Nemetschek Group and has been developing software since 1985. The Vectorworks line of software products provides professional design solutions for more than 450,000 designers in the AEC, entertainment and landscape design industries. With a tradition of designing flexible, versatile, intuitive and affordable CAD and BIM solutions, NemetschekVectorworks continues to be a global leader in 3D design technologies. For more information, visit .



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