Development Design: Hotels and Politics in the Hispanic Caribbean
School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, History of Art and Design
This project argues that newly constructed hotels were driving innovation in the field of modern design and development from roughly 1900-1960.
The study illustrates how hotels functioned as sites and symbols of development and tourism was seen as a means for prosperity and social reform, and in doing so highlights the tension between place, heritage, and identity in the context of the homogenizing forces of the global, international market.
Development Design: Hotels and Politics in the Hispanic Caribbean reveals how hotel design came to represent ideas about development that variably coalesced and clashed with issues of sovereignty, national identity, and geopolitics.