2011 haiti_utk publication

One to Another

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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A House for a Moon Dazzler: A Study of Ventilation, Material, and Indoor/Outdoor Relationships

Location: Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Function: Residential
Client: Benjamin Garcia Saze’s mother
Construction Cost: USD 40,000
Main Material: Bamboo
Completed: 2010
Architect: Benjamin Garcia Saxe

The Bamboo House, designed by Benjamin Garcia Saxe, is the perfect example of a natural atmosphere. Concepts behind this design, such as natural ventilation, ample shade, and sustainable materials, are great ideas to think about in our design for Haiti.

The one bedroom home allows the interior and exterior to coexist. The bedroom is located on one end and a kitchen and living space are located on the opposite end. The two spaces are separated by an open courtyard.

Roofs for both main areas are made of bamboo rings covered in burlap that open up underneath the larger tin protective roof. The roofs give the appearance of being detached and raised above the rooms.

The open air construction and the large overhanging tin roofs allow for natural air ventilation but still provide ample shade from the hot sun.