There's no one way to read (or use) El Site, because it's always two things at once. This is a space of doubles:
fluid and structured
spatial and digital
readable and coded
accidental and planned
playful and systematic.
El Site's also both a performative writing methodology and a publication output for my research on queerness, technology and spaces. Composed of written fragments published in real-time, El Site becomes a live narrative and record of the research through a series of ongoing essays, musings, photos and conversations.
Drawing on how histories of gay and queer culture in Puerto Rico used magazine publications to create and spatialize networks of queer people in-the-know, El Site is open to be a space for encounters, for discussions and for publishing content by researchers, designers, writers, students, artists and creatives who work with queerness, technology and places (or any combination of these).
El Site is part of Dr. Regner Ramos's larger research project exploring how mobile technologies are changing and informing queer practices and spaces in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The research was generously funded by FIPI (Fondos Institucionales Para la Investigación) at the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras Campus.
Regner Ramos holds a Bachelors in Environmental Design (2008) and a Masters in Architecture (2010) from the University of Puerto Rico School of Architecture. In addition, he holds a PhD in Architecture (2016) from The Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL). He has taught at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London College of Communication, University of Hertfordshire and Queen Mary University of London. Currently, Regner is a tenure-track Associate Professor at the UPR School of Architecture, where he teaches courses on architectural design, architectural theory and magazine production, while also working as Editor-in-Chief of inForma journal and as an Editor at Glass magazine. You can contact him/her/it here and see what he/she/they are up to on Instagram.
I'm always interested in taking on Doctoral and Masters students starting their dissertations, and are working on any of the following topics: Gender, Sexuality, Urbanism, Architecture, Ephemerality, Mapping, Artefacts, Narratives, Technologies, Queerness, Performance, Play, Drawing, and Publishing.
🚽“Reliquias del Discrimen: Develación del Género Binario en la Arquitectura Desde el Baño Público”, Reily Joel Calderón-Rivera. Masters Dissertation: School of Architecture, Universidad de Puerto Rico. 2019-2020. See it here and read it here.
➕“Cruces en Las Carreteras: Ensayos De Los Monumentos Ignorados En Puerto Rico”, José Néstor Rodríguez. Masters Dissertation: School of Architecture, Universidad de Puerto Rico. 2019-2020. See it here.
⏳“Arquitectura Efímera: La Autobiografía Como Construcción”, Michelle Pérez Alemañy. Masters Dissertation: School of Architecture, Universidad de Puerto Rico. 2019-Ongoing.
🧾“Documenting Queer Space Within Public Housing in Puerto Rico: A Study into Five Stars The Club in Residencial Nemesio Canales”, Manuel Torregrosa-Cueto. Undergraduate Dissertation: School of Architecture, Universidad de Puerto Rico. 2019-Ongoing.
🕯“What Is Queer May Never Die”, Kleanthis Kyriakou. Masters Dissertation: University of the Arts London Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. 2019-Ongoing.
🏝“Queering the Abyss: Archipelagic Thought, Meta-Relation, and Worldmaking”, Abner A. Fernández Malavé. Masters Dissertation: Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Puerto Rico. 2019-2020.
🛸“Arquitectura y cine: La construcción visual y emocional de las imágenes a través de escenografía en la ciencia ficción”, Edward Ramírez Saez. Masters Dissertation: School of Architecture, Universidad de Puerto Rico. 2018-2020.
🗞“Arquitectura Narrativa: De las letras al proyecto. Palimpsesto de una historia urbana”, Yadariz Ramos Hernández. Masters Dissertation: School of Architecture, Universidad de Puerto Rico. 2018-2019.
🖼“Arquitectura + Instagram: El uso de la red social Instagram en el proceso de diseño para la creación de espacios comerciales”, Fabiola Arroyo. Masters Dissertation: School of Architecture, Universidad de Puerto Rico. 2017-2018.