Not many places have experienced the same impact of globalization as the former colonies. These places were developed on the basis of influx from a wide variety of cultures, and today they struggle with a history of repression, a yearning for a stronger rootedness, and the challenge of keeping up with the rapidly developing world.
The US Virgin Islands are a former Danish colony. In addition to the previously mentioned challenges, they struggle with an unresolved affiliation to the USA, devastating tropical hurricanes, and an economy very dependent on global tourism. They wish to grow a strong local identity in order to clarify their own position and become more resilient to these issues.
What is the role of architecture in this situation? Is it possible to be sensitive to the many layers of blurry history and help strengthen local identity through the way we build and plan cities? Is it possible to resist the pull towards a universal industry and to develop something specific to its place in a world where globalization has only picked up speed the last 50 years?
This project gives a suggestion to how a contemporary architecture on the US Virgin Islands, with respect for the local history, people, climate, and building industry, could be developed.