2011 haiti_utk publication

One to Another

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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Goth Angario Village Precedent:


Located in the Sindh Province of Pakistan, Goth Angario is a small village that has only been in existence for 45 years. In the summer of 2010, it was severely damaged by flooding. A reconstruction project was brought to the spotlight with Architecture for Humanity's Karachi Chapter and Karachi Relief Trust.  "The population lives in deplorable conditions, with minimum or no infrastructure, water or sanitation facilities" (Architecture for Humanity).Because of this, they focused on several main categories of interest:

- Communal Layouts within several clusters

- Pathway construction

- Drainage/Septic tank/water supply :  Overhead tanks to supply housing units with running water

- Conversion of hand pumps into electric pumps

- Use of local materials

We found that several of these problems and ways of handling them were quite helpful when relating back to the Haiti project we are analyzing and designing for. They layout of the overall community was quite spectacular and interesting to the culture, which directly related to the culture of Haiti as well. The clusters could be an opportunity for family members to stay close, or a way for villagers to become closer with one another, each sharing a communal space in the center.

Separating livestock from the villagers (pathways & placement) was a very important part of their analysis. The placement of septic tanks and water tanks was a very valuable reference to look at. Both of these would immediately help with the hygiene and sanitation conditions of the previous state of the village. 

The use of local materials and local villagers to build and design not only improved the immediate economical conditions, but also gave the villagers an opportunity to interact and bond with each other. 

Because many of the conditions in this region of Pakistan are consistent to that of the region of Haiti we are designing in, several of the aspects explored above could be applicable and definitely require further research.


Below: Septic Tank and Seepage Pit built by local workers: 

Photo from Architecture for Humanity


Below: A verandah built to serve as a shelter, yet outdoor space for the villagers:

Photo from Architecture for Humanity


Below: A picture showing the individual housing units, and although different in size, they shared very similar properties with one another.

Photo from Architecture for Humanity


Pictures and Information gathered from: Architecture for Humanity Website:

http://architectureforhumanity.org/     ( http://architectureforhumanity.org/node/2142 )