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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Entries in rooster (1)




The sun's not quite up

But I got the notion

That the morning has begun

Because of all the commotion


People pass my house

More than a few

The roosters call out



In a hurry

People are on their way

To trade, sell, and buy

Cause' it's market day



This particular Friday

The market has a crowd

Selling goods with a megaphone

can be quite loud


I came to get poultry

then be on my way

I didn't have enough money

I could not pay


I bargained and bartered

That's all I could do

But the rooster laughed out



The trade was no good

I was not a winner

I guess it's plantains

For tonights dinner


On my way home

I took the path

There were boys in the river

Taking a bath


Their mothers were near

Washing their clothes

In this river

Anything goes


There was also a rooster

I told it to shoo!

But it just mocked me



Finally back home

I'm dying of thirst

In order to cook

We'll need water first


Back down to the river

With jug in hand

Not sure what's for dinner

Still needed a plan


I fill up my jug

With water from the spring

Then I see that same rooster

It's so annoying


It follows me back

All the way to my house

I didn't notice because

It was as quiet as a mouse


What to have for dinner

I still had no clue

But then I got an idea



I prepare to cook

Grab some plates and a bowl

Then head outside

With plenty of charcoal


I started cooking the food

No time to stop

Then grabbed the rooster



The meal was delicious

We cleaned our plates

I was exhausted

And sleep could not wait


We get ready for bed

But it's hard without light

Looking forward to the morning

And a long restful night


I finally went to bed

But then I woke up at two

“You've gotta be kidding me”