2011 haiti_utk publication

One to Another

A Downloadable Publication from the 2011 Haiti UTK Studio


WBIR Report of the Haiti Studio

Introduction haiti_utk

Welcome to the Haiti UTK site! The work on these pages reflects student engagement in design for both a school and housing for the community of Fonds des Bloncs, Haiti in collaboration with the Haiti Christian Development Fund. The project was initiated in the early fall of 2010 and subsequently a class of 19 students, in the spring of 2011, was given the responsibility of deisgning a secondary school. The school is under constuction. A new group of students is now hard at work developing new housing in Fonds des Blancs. The work of these students can be seen in the pages of this blog. Students of the class will be traveling to Haiti Februay 2-6 to collect addiional data. It is anticipated that this second phase of the project will be completed in late April with construction starting summer 2012. The work of the students is being guided by three primary faculty, John McRae, David Matthews, and Chris King, a local practictioner. The students during their exploration will engage a wide range of issues including context, culture, resources, climate and other outside factors not common to their expereince. 

Students: Cassidy Barnett, Aaron Brown, Sarah Heimermann, Mitzi Coker, Emily Corgan, Ben Cross, Peter Duke, Emily Fike, Sam Funari, Lauren Heile, Kendra McHaney, Lauren Metts, Morgan Oiler, Bernice Paez, Forrest Reynolds, Emily Ryan, James Sawyer, Zachary Smith, Robert Thew, Cory Wikerson Faculty: John McRae, Chris King, David Matthews

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Special Thanks!

The Haiti Studio for spring 2012 is being supported by HaitiServe foundation based in Knoxville Tennessee, that is focused on outreach and engagement in improving conditions in Haiti. 

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Medical Clinic Addition 

Summer solar path diagram

The parti is derived from existing mirrored circulation spaces, extension of the grid, and site conditions.  Parti first developed from mirroring existing circulation spaces so that the scale of the addition would remain the same.  Extension of the grid guarantees that the scale and structural grid will relate and integrate well (and similarly to the existing).  Deviation from the existing design occurs at the rotation of the structural grid.  This grid pivots ~25 degrees clockwise so to be aligned west-to-east for maximum northern light exposure in exam spaces and ventilation accessability to the north-northeastern breezes. Circulation is kept to the exterior so that minimal people are inside the building and the temperature is kept down (more people = warmer building).  Progression from the check-in to the second (middle) building for general exam and observation is direct and private.  Circulation is on the southern face and covered to provide protection from the rain for those walking and shading from the sun for the exam rooms.  

Site section facing east. The biggest critique was to examine the relationship between the two grids (the original and the east-to-west) and articulate the intersection between the two.  At the time of the critique, the two grids were overlayed on top of each other with no articulation at the intersection or pivot at the edge.  One suggestion was to create a breezeway that slices through the addition in line with the original grid.  At this time, the intersection and connection has been articulated through the pathways so that pathways leading to and from the addition (to the original building) are on the original grid.   

Roof structure encourages ventilation into the building while shedding rain.

Next steps include further examining the circulation, roof structure, and phasing of the project as a whole.  The courtyards (central and rear) will be further developed for privacy, seating, and ventilation.  Any seated area will be shaded.  Windows to exam rooms face north and are unobstructed.  Pathways and the first waiting area will be further developed and more closely analyzed.  

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