Bati Byen: Rebuilding in Haiti 2012 Year in Review

Bati Byen: Rebuilding in Haiti 2012 Year in Review

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  • Jan 12, 2013
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Bati Byen: Rebuilding in Haiti 2012 Year in Review

“Where would we be without you!?! The expertise you've provided and the partners you've connected us to have fueled our vision.”
- John Engle, Co-Director, Haiti Partners

“I admire the participatory and collaborative method of Architecture for Humanity. It’s an approach that has impressed a lot of people. We have faith that the project will come off properly.”
- Will Civil, member of Komite Humanitaire de Villa Rosa and resident of Morne Rosa

"Among our students, some may become lawyers, other doctors or architects to help this country, and the first step is this school."
- Wilson d'Or, Headmaster, Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger, Montrouis

Our third annual update on our long-term post disaster work in Haiti finds the Rebuilding Center continuing its holistic strategy to rebuild buildings, neighborhoods, industries and economies.

We would like take a moment today and bring our supporters and fans up to speed on our progress, and to thank them for their continued support and enthusiasm for our work. Thank you.

In 2012 we continued our well-regarded work in construction outreach, training and design services, have built exciting partnerships with local Haitian banks to support business loan programs, and have established a strong community-based planning platform for the grassroots development and strengthening of neighborhoods. The Center was able to expand the scope of its services by launching three autonomous studios: Architecture and Construction; Planning; and Economic Development. This arrangement allows for more specialized pursuit of a broader range of projects while improving collaboration within the Rebuilding Center. See below for more details on each of these studios.

The Rebuilding Center also continues to transition to Haitian ownership and operation. We have brought all administration and management roles in-house, most of which being performed by Haitian nationals. This transition is crucial to the success of the Center as a Haitian effort to perpetuate good construction and collaboration years into the future.

Our Impact

The impact metrics below reflect our work as of January 12, 2013:

6.3 million Dollars in construction funding leveraged by the Rebuilding Center in 2012 alone
48,000 Beneficiaries from clinics built in 2012
2100 Students gaining access to safe & delightful classrooms last year
400 Haitian jobs created or recovered in 2012
Hundreds of design and construction professionals participating in our monthly Meet n Greet open house and Haitian lecture series
46 Participants of 10 professional seminars to date
36 Community design workshops and charrettes held to date, with an average of 25 people attending each charrette
32 Architects, engineers and support staff at the Rebuilding Center - including 4 long-term professional volunteers and 22 Haitian staffers
9 School projects - 3 fully complete, 4 completed phase one or partially open, 2 in construction
9 Projects completed in 2012, with 7 in design and construction, and still others in initial stages of development

Video Highlights

Architecture for Humanity:
Haiti Rebuilding Center

Artists for Haiti & Ciné Institute

FAES & BID visit the
Elie Dubois School

Tele Metropole Haiti

A Story of Youth in Action
Students Rebuild

Haiti Redux (Trailer)
Frederic King

2012 Milestones

Survey team processes data from their outings
Survey team processes data from their outings

Pathway improvements in Saint Marie
Pathway improvements in Saint Marie


In an effort to address more systemic challenges, the Rebuilding Center formalized a Planning Studio and team to lead outreach and mapping, workshops and charrettes, and partnerships that empower neighborhood residents to rebuild their communities.

Haiti Rural Mapping Initiative
With a grant from the WK Kellogg Foundation, Architecture for Humanity has completed the physical mapping of 11 communes across southern and central Haiti. This represents 25% of the country and for many towns and villages is the first time these areas have been mapped. All maps were incorporated into the online open source platform and integrated into the national geospatial database. Design Fellow and project manager Olivia Stinson explains how it all got done.

Villa Rosa and Sainte Marie
The Rebuilding Center completed the Community Action Plan for this primarily informal Port-au-Prince neighborhood in collaboration with Cordaid, UN Habitat and many other partners. This included extensive reconstruction of physical infrastructure, public spaces and housing. Rebuilding Center volunteer Nazanin Mehregan discusses the community mapping and workshop process that informs community plans.

Community led sports court construction in Villa Rosa
Community led sports court construction in Villa Rosa

Student design workshop for CIM school, now in construction
Student design workshop for CIM school, now in construction

Installation of Haitian civic art for schools
Installation of Haitian civic art for schools

Design & Construction

Construction Program
The big success story of the year has been the in-house construction work carried out by our Construction Management Team. This work builds on the construction outreach program whereby our engineers have been trained in design and construction and are now acting as small scale contractors on a variety of on-budget, on-schedule, autonomous projects including the Elie Dubois Kitchen and Villa Rosa's Infrastructure and Basketball Court.

In March 2010 we set out to design and build 10 schools on a phased basis. While we still do not have all the funding required, 3 are now fully complete, phase 1 at 3 more is now complete and ongoing on the other schools, and phase 2 is underway on 6 schools. The program is growing steadily and the unique character of each school is being complemented by a piece of commissioned civic art.

Three primary care facilities were completed in 2012. These clinics provide essential daily care to thousands of people, particularly in rural areas.

Property Law Working Group
The Rebuilding Center is participating in an interdisciplinary working group assessing, clarifying and proposing reforms to Haiti's property law system, widely viewed as an obstruction to permanent reconstruction around the country. The final report of the first year's research is expected in early 2013. Planning Design Fellow Rickie Siegel explains the complex factors that the Group is addressing. We will post the report as soon as it is available on the Rebuilding Center update page.

A woodworking shop on Route de Delmas
A woodworking shop on Route de Delmas
Economic Development

Much progress has been made this year on a small and medium enterprise (SME) loan program - a first for Haitian banks financing business reconstruction. At this writing, 12 loans are going through due diligence at four banks, and a fifth local bank has expressed interest in the program.

Discussions relating to housing microfinance loans have been ongoing with local and international institutions.

Project Overview

Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger Ecole Baptiste Bon Berger

Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger - Montrouis
The reconstruction of eight classrooms for a 400-student school devastated by the earthquake has garnered national praise and 25% increased enrollment.

Ecole Baptiste Bon Berger - Pele, Port-au-Prince
Phased construction of 20 classrooms for 1200 students near the world-renown slum of Cité Soleil.

Ecole Elie Dubois Haiti Partners' Academie Timoun

Ecole Elie Dubois - Champ Mars, Port-au-Prince
Historic vocational school for girls (250 enrolled), working to rebuild its cafeteria and kitchen and renovate the surviving schoolhouse, before its 2013 centennial.

Haiti Partners' Academie Timoun - Bawonsya
New primary school for 250 children designed by BAR Architects for a new generation of Haitian students.

Collège Coeur Immacule de Marie Ecole Nationale Republique d'Argentine

Collège Coeur Immacule de Marie - Port-au-Prince
Three-storey reconstruction of a girls' school through a highly collaborative community design process, to benefit 850 children grades 1-12.

Ecole Nationale Republique d'Argentine - Rue Sans Fils, Port-au-Prince
Demolition and reconstruction of six classrooms, admin, cafe and toilets for a Government of Haiti identified school providing free education to over 1000 children in Port-au-Prince.

Civic Art in Schools Madame Joa clinic

Civic Art in Schools - Various sites
An ongoing grant program pairs Haitian artists and schools, providing financing and installation services and a workshop-based program to deliver civic art to Haitian schools. To date, nine installations have been completed.

Madame Joa clinic - Maissade, Artibonite
This small rural clinic managed by Save the Children required dramatic renovation following years of weathering.

Merlin Caravelle clinic Merlin Turbe clinic

Merlin Caravelle clinic - Port-au-Prince
Detailed phasing and construction plan prepared for a clinic retrofit, built in 2 months.

Merlin Turbe clinic - Port-au-Prince
A structural retrofit and renovation closely supervised by Architecture for Humanity design and engineering team.

Villa Rosa and Saint Marie Community Action Plan Villa Rosa: Initial Phase

Villa Rosa and Saint Marie Community Action Plan - Turgeau, Port-au-Prince
A neighborhood with a history of unplanned development faced catastrophic damage in the earthquake and requires a community-organized strategy to build back better.

Villa Rosa: Initial Phase - Port-au-Prince
Focus area for physical improvements to housing, infrastructure, public space that have been designed and built as part of a community driven process.

Ile a Vache Participatory Community Development Plan Haiti Mapping Initiative

Ile a Vache Participatory Community Development Plan - Ile a Vache
A Participatory Community Development is a first step in engaging Ile a Vache in the Southwest Department and creating a 10-year investment plan for this rural Caribbean island commune.

Simon Pele Community Action Plan - Port-au-Prince
As part of Habitat for Humanity's mission to build back stronger and safer communities in Cite Soleil, Architecture for Humanity will develop a Community Action Plan based on the Integrated Neighborhood Approach.

Haiti Mapping Initiative Santo Community Development Plan

Haiti Mapping Initiative - Port-au-Prince
The Kellogg Foundation seeded funding to map 11 previously uncharted Haitian communes and their major cities through GPS, GIS and openstreetmaps.

Santo Community Development Plan - Port-au-Prince
Community-developed plan for a new, fully serviced neighborhood for 500 families near the epicenter of the 2010 earthquake.

Haiti Economic Corridors Atelier Modayiti

Haiti Economic Corridors - 11 sites
The long term recovery of small and medium enterprises is being engaged through mapping and documentation, reconstruction financing, green design services and vocational training.

Atelier Modayiti - Port-au-Prince
Design and construction in collaboration with YCF Group of a modern textile studio producing fashion items and garments for domestic and international markets

Our Team - 2012

American Institute of Architects, Arup, Associates for International Management Services, BAR Architects, Barefoot Foundation, Bezos Family Foundation, BMPAD, Boeing Foundation, Build Change, Capital Bank, CASEC of Turgeau, CIAT, CINA, Clinton Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, Cordaid, Curry Stone Foundation, Degenkolb Engineers, Digicel Foundation, Deutsche Bank, FAES, FIDEMA, Foyer de Saint Marie, Genie SA, Gensler, GiveLove/Onexone, Global Nomads Group, Habitat for Humanity International, Haiti Child Sponsorship Program, Haiti Partners, Haven, Insolfar, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), Inveneo, International Organization of Migration, J/P Haiti Relief Organization, Komite Humanitaire de Villa Rosa, Merlin, Ministry of Education, Miyamoto International, Modayiti, Nike, New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate, Save the Children, Société d'Aménagement et de Développement (SODADE), ShoreBank International, Sogebel, Students Rebuild, The Stiller Foundation, UCLBP,UCD Volunteers Overseas, UN Habitat, UNOPS, United States Green Building Council, UniBank, Viva Rio, William K Kellogg Foundation, YCF Group SA, 16/6

Field Staff & Design Fellows
Peter Arnts, Rolande Augustin, Jean Rosemond Azor, Rene Balan, Christian Beaulieu, Gina Deogene, Natalie Desrosiers, Nancy Doran, Serge Dorval, Henri Dupont, Kate Evarts, Brett Ferguson, Audrey Galo, Darren Gill, Burtland Granvil, Marc Henry, Chantel Jean, Gerald Jeanty, Stanley Joseph, Jackson Julien, Clifford Justin, Sven Kalim, Jean-Rene Lafontant, Jean-Carmel Laneau, Jimmy Lubin, Fleur Messer, Jean Moliere, Jacques Nixon, Sony Noel, Ulrick Pierre, Alson Pierre Louis, Marie Fransonete Prussien, Gerry Reilly, Frederique Siegel, Stephany Sirius, Laura Smits, Lisa Smyth, Olivia Stinson, Martine Theodore

Jessica Andrejasich, Rich Bartholomew, Angela Bateson, Christian Beaulieu, Alan Budde, Michael Calkins (CAD-1), Greg Contente, Kristen Crandall, Susannah Dyen, Brett Ferguson, John Greene, Anne Hake, Nico Kubota, Matt Johnston, Claudia Juhre, Sven Kalim, Danica Kane, Alan Lowry, Katharine MacLean, Nazanin Mehregan, Dori Nguyen, Yves Paul, Marvine Pierre, Kristen Roys Salkas, Kaitlin Schalow, Tim Shek, Tommy Stewart, Stephen Sun, Angela Tabrizi, Jessie Towell, Radim Tkadlec, Tyler Wied, Josh Wilcox

Special Thanks

Close friends who have traveled with us
Collège National des Ingénieurs et Architectes Haïtiens; Yves François; Frederic King; Christian Lubin; Tommy Stewart; Abner St. Juste

Contractors & Collaborators
Lunda Alexis; Josue Blanchard; Jean Celeur; Design Action; Jacques Eugene; Jean Fremont; Global Nomads Group; JB Immobelier; M+L SA; Denis Petit; Pirotech SA; Racine Polycarpe; Lionel St Eloi; Shiler St Eloi

Clients & Contact
Emmanuel Bernard; Chedrick Caneus; Judy Chambers; Dany L’Eveille; Soeur Josette; Wilson D’Or; Soeur Philomene