2011 haiti_utk publication

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A Downloadable Publication from the 2011 Haiti UTK Studio


WBIR Report of the Haiti Studio

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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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Fond-des Blanc project 3 BIG IDEAS


Awareness of culture and environment is a necessity for good design. I created a simple program, easily replicated; the whole method of construction and technology, in the form of rainwater harvesting, is independent of imported materials and labor. The methods used in construction and technology were designed toward the Haitian people, empowering them by creating employment and stability; and by putting housing back into the hands of the people. 

     3 BIG IDEAS  1. Rainwater Collection:  Water is a necessity for life.   Rainwater collection and storage provides   convenience and stability to the homeowner.   The rainwater collection system relates to  the main circulation of the home.  Where the rainwater converges on the final roof plane,  the metal roofing material changes to concrete, emphasizing the rainwaters final journey to the rain barrel and also expresses the entrance and main circulation in the home.    


2. Hiring local craftsmen and workers empowers the people by providing income to sustain themselves.  It would also be more cost efficient and easier to use local labor and matterials due to the additional expense of transporting supplies over rough inadequate rural roads.   The use of built in furniture creates more open space  in a small area and provides more storage options.  The use of baskets for storage in kitchen and bedrooms and seat cushions for living and dining area are made of local materials by local craftsmen.



3. Emphasis on public and private space, including the important cultural relationship of the front porch as "the neighborhood" social gathering place. 
























































































































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