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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Preliminary Housing Design Proposal

Given a 2 day period, we quickly came up with 2 housing designs for our housing community. Our team was assigned "Ex-Patriot: Young Professional" and "Patriot: Retiree"

Our Ex-patriot Young Professional housing design has 2 bedrooms, a master bedroom with a smaller bedroom for guests or children, 1 bath and a large porch/living space.

The design encompasses a butterfly roof to allow for rainwater collection. We still need to do more research on the process of collecting rainwater, but we think the roof would be a great way to channel rainwater.

Our design incorporates vent block placed at a higher level than typical Haitian housing. Our idea behind this was preventing direct sunlight from penetrating the space, but allowing for cross-ventilation. 


Patriot: Retiree housing

The design for this house is similar to our previous design, except we placed the bedrooms on one side of the house and all of the program on the other. The house is divided with a central hallway, which leads inhabitants to the back yard area.


The house incorporates more vent block to create cross ventilation. We also created a porch that is on two sides of the house. We wanted to create an inhabitable porch space, with the option to have a dining area outside.

The long row of vent block above the low roof creates an airy space and allows for indirect sunlight into the hallway

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