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