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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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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Caleb House_Team 04


The Caleb Program exists in Haiti as a young adult leadership development program. This would be for adults that are wishing to build their communities and improve the quality of life in those communities. The home for the young adults in this program has thus been dubbed the "Caleb House." This house would be a roommate situation home and would house its occupants for approximately two years. 


Our concept for this home was to have a large central space that would allow maximum communication between its occupants. We found this extremely important because these young adults would more than likely be away from their families for a long period of time. We wanted to give them the opportunity to create solid bonds with their roommates and give them a home away from home. However, we wanted to give their living quarters a more intimate feel and as much individual space as possible so they are also able to have time to themselves. 



  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • kitchen
  • living room
  • diningroom
  • large porch


floor plan and reflected ceiling plan


We let the program and concept of our project dictate the form of the house as we saw appropriate. We have two main zones: public and private. The public space is central to the plan and on either side of this we have the bedroom areas. We decided to shift this central area away from the flanking masses so as to give the space a sense of hierarchy as well as its more functional purpose to allow for a large front porch. Over the bedroom areas we chose to use a flat concrete roof that resulted in lower ceilings and a more intimate space. For the common space, we chose to use a sawtooth roof. This, again, gave the space a sense of hierarchy. It also allowed for optimal ventilation and indirect sunlight. Another amenity that in vital in this design for ventilation is our front door system. This system consists of a series of panels that allow the entire entrance of the home to open. Due to the overhang of the sawtooth roof, we have managed to avoid direct sunlight into the living areas.

All in all, we feel that we have achieved what were attempting to accomplish with our original concept. We hope this home will be built and will succeed in making its occupants feel at home while training to help their communities as young leaders.

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