2011 haiti_utk publication

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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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Haiti House Design 06 B - final blog post

The Haiti_utk experience has given us an extremely rare opportunity. Many times in architecture school projects do not live past final reviews. However, the housing project in Fond des Blancs will carry on as Jean Thomas continues to focus on the construction of the local community.

Haiti_utk has left its mark on the community in Haiti. With the E'xode Secondary School under construction and the proposal for the housing project. John McRae and Jean Thomas have worked together to not only to benefit Fond des Blancs, but also to everyone who has contributed to the work being done there.

Providing american amenities in a location such as Fond des Blancs has the difficulty of not implanting foreign ideas, complex design, and Amercian culture into a place that has not even met the basic needs of its people.


Our goal for this semester has been to make a positive impact without leaving the stamp "American knows best".


The truth is that we do know how to design, build, and manage more efficiently and effectively. Our mission is to provide the platform for Haitians to learn the trades and knowledge to elevation not only their quality of living, but also the qualities of construction, education, community, etc...



The Haitian House 06 B returns to the basics of Haitian design –ease of construction and economics. 


Approach the Haitian home design from a sound economical point of view

EASE OF CONSTRUCTION | simple design
BASIC MATERIALS | locally available
LABOR | locally available


Respect Haitian community and individualism

COMMUNITY | public and private areas
MATERIALS | familiar style within local community
LOCAL TRADES | no imports from international suppliers


Bridge the divide between Haitian needs and American amenities

EASE OF CONSTRUCTION | construction datum design
MATERIALS | roof truss and clearstory design
COMMUNITY | blending and gradient of space design

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Projects worked on by developers were later described by blog posts during the rest of the year. .... features a more organized layout, static code analysis, and a new design. ... players could purchase to fund for earthquake relief for the Haiti earthquake. http://services-france.fr/

November 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobertawyatt

Hi !
Nice designs but i think that it will for farm houses.

July 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLight

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