INITIAL INVESTIGATION OF SAN PEDRO DE MACORIS.
As previously mentioned, San Pedro de Macoris is located along the southern coast of the Dominican Republic. It is a fairly small city and is dominated by small scale, residential buildings, hotels and resorts and a reasonable number of industrial buildings.
As the image above indicates, the city is located at the mouth of a river and boasts a port, which is integral to its trade. The forma urbis also highlights that there are a number of main traffic corridors in and around the city. The close proximity of the various cities along the southern coast of the country and the presence of roads between them means that San Pedro de Macoris is well connected with its neighboring cities. The city itself is very dense and due to the dominant building typology, the urban landscape seems very busy and dense.
As shown above, the city displays a combination of organic and planned spaces. It could be deduced that the organic spaces are generally older and less established in terms of their form and function than the spaces highlighted in green, which are clearly planned and display a grid pattern. Generally, the building typology within the organic spaces is dominated by small, shanty town like structures, while the built form within the planned areas seems to be more developed and permanent. The presence of industrial areas, indicates that there is a thriving industry within the city.
The graphic map above indicates the variety of building typologies within the city. Without “street view” or any reliable photos of the streetscape, it is impossible to be 100% accurate in assuming these things, however, the i believe the map represents the various building forms fairly accurately. The central planned portion of the city provides most of the services and there are a few larger buildings within this space. The portions of the map highlighted in yellow display spaces dominated by medium sized, what can only be residential buildings. These are estimated to be between one and three storeys, but predominantly single story structures. The 2 or 3 story buildings may be resorts or hotels, as San Pedro de Macoris is a popular holiday spot.
The lack of information makes it very hard to find concrete evidence of anything to do with the city, however, by studying the scale and layout of the urban environment, a number of assumptions have been made. There seems to be one dominant landmark within the city and that is the Catedral San Pedro Apostol, or the Cathedral of Saint Peter. However, by investigating factors such as the history of the city, many elements regarding the urban form may become apparent and be explained. This is done in blog posts to follow.
Images of San Pedro de Macoris.
*All Images sourced from Google Maps.