My work centers around the fragility and instability of memory and landscape. This work suggests how the built environment shapes collective perceptions and influences shared global culture. To further understand the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, I began to mine my family history beginning with my grandmother’s move from Puerto Rico to Washington DC in the early 1940s. Her migration coincided with a major shift in the economy which led to rapid industrialization and many changes in the architectural and natural environment. This work places these parallel timelines alongside one another and uses personal narratives to examine themes such as global tourism, postcolonial urban space, and Puerto Rico’s fraught relationship with the United States government.