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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U-Haul-spital Medical Trailer

Unpacking Trailer Process When designing a mobile medical unit for Haiti, Alyssa Nealon & myself knew it had to be compact and easy to understand. We faced many challenges with materials, the terrain, and the ease of setup. In the end we designed an offroading trailer that housed 7 medical carts, loaded with supplies, and 6 tents with mosquito netting. We made the trailer blue and white to mimic the United Nations color scheme, which played a positive role in the Haitians lives. The design offers a multitude of setup options to allow for multiple scenarios, whether it is de to the amount of workers or difficulty of the terrain. Modularity was a driving force in this design. But, designing modularity in a simple way, so that the Haitians could understand it easily was a real challenge!

Medical Cart Design

The Medical Carts serve a vital role in the U-Haul-spitals goals. It needed to serve as many purposes as possible in a very small footprint. The 2'W x 2'L x 3'H cart has 6 drawers, all of which are color coded for quick and easy location of items. The colors represent:

Gray- Evaluate

Blue- Administer

Green- Prescribe

Yellow- Emergency

Orange- Medicate

Each of the colored drawers house all of the supplies needed to do that particular task. The cart is also equipt with a pull out dictation tray for the nurse to use as a writing surface, a removable sharps container located on the back, heavy duty wheels on the back and adjustable feet on the front, 2 cushioned stools on top, and a locking mecanism on the side to be able to connect multiple carts together in case of the need for a gurney. When not being used as a gurney the 2 cushions, located on top, can be removed and unfold into two 1' x 2' stools for the nurse and the patient to sit on. The stools are upholstered with marine grade vinyl, similar to what is used on boats, so that it may be able to be cleaned easily.

Perspective view of U-Haul-spital in use

A few things critiques that were mentioned in the review were:


the lack of thought on how the trailer connected with a mule

who owned and opperated the trailers before, during and after use

who was in charge of restocking the trailers after inital use


the color coding system of the carts

the amount of thought and research that went into the dispursing of the units

the modularity of the design