• Oscar Oliver Didier


    Senior Urban Designer for the borough of the Bronx at the NYC Department of City Planning. Member of the adjunct faculty at The New School Parsons and the Visual Arts Program at Fordham University, and a former Assistant Professor at ArqPoli School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (2007-2014). Since 2005 he serves as Director of CIUDADLAB; a nonprofit research, design and action driven collective about the city and also directed the Laboratory for Housing, Planning and Urban Studies at the Polytechnic University of PR (2013-2014). Editor of multiple journals, he has also published articles in Housing Theory and Society, Revista Cruce, CounterPunch and Planning Perspectives, and has lectured at the International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, The Cooper Union, University of Puerto Rico, Catholic University in Ponce and Keio University in Tokyo. In 2012 he was awarded the Héctor R. Arce Quintero Award of the Puerto Rico Association of Architects: a recognition of the work of an individual that promotes the city through practice, academia and/or the public sector. He has previously served as a consultant to the Puerto Rico Planning Board, the Center for a New Economy, and the Center for Puerto Rico. His recent research inquiries and published work have revolved around revealing the political bodies that inform and are coalesced within the urban condition in Puerto Rico and in the Bronx. 

    Degrees Held:

    Harvard University Graduate School of Design - Master of Architecture in Urban Design

    ArqPoli School of Architecture, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico - Professional Bachelor Degree in Architecture

    Recent Publications:

    "Still Burning: The Politics of Language in the South Bronx" in The Routledge Handbook of Henri Lefebvre, The City and Urban Society (forthcoming).

    "The Invisibility of Poverty in Puerto Rico" in CounterPunch (Dec. 2017).

    "The Biopolitics of Third Space: Urban Segregation and Resistance in Puerto Rico's Luis Lloréns Torres Public Housing Project" in Housing, Theory and Society (2015).


    Research Interests:

    Urban design, urban planning, urban mapping, speculative futures, public housing and the commons, post-colonial studies, minority studies, Puerto Rico, the Bronx.

    Awards And Honors:

    Outstanding Achievement Award - Jerome Avenue Team (2018)

    Barney Rabinow Award (2016)

    Héctor R. Arce Quintero Biennial Award (2012)

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honorable Mention for Investigation/Publication (2004)