Haiti Digest: November 2013

Haiti Digest: November 2013

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Nov 30, 2013
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Haiti is proactive about resiliency

Designing for a more resilient world! On November 7th Architecture for Humanity held its 4th annual Design like You Give a Danm live Forum in San Francisco at the headquarters. Two members from each office around the world were invited to attend and discuss designing for a more resilient world. This was the first time that members from three offices -- Haiti, Japan, and New York City -- were together. Christian Beaulieu and Sven Kalim represented the Haiti office in an open mic discussion respectively on “Capacity Building on the Island of Ile à Vache” and “Construction Issues and Lessons Learned in Haiti”. Thursday November 7th, the opening night reception was held at the Jewish Museum in San Francisco where the Vision Award was presented to Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr by the Curry Stone Design Prize. The main event was held at the Autodesk Galleries; the Rockefeller Foundation’s managing director Micheal Berkowitz gave the key note address on 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge. This event was a great Forum for the architectural community, as more devastating natural disasters are changing the landscape of our world. The design decisions that inform our built environment must tackle issues of resiliency in a more proactive manner.


  • Bidding documents were issued for the construction of College Coeur Immaculé de Marie Phase 2
  • Bidding documents are being prepared for the Construction of Ecole République d’Argentine Phase 2 for release on December 20th, 2013.
  • FAES is actively reviewing the construction bids, which were received on September 30th, 2013 for the renovation of the historic classroom building at Ecole Elie Dubois


Ravine Trou Rosemond "upgraded"

Ravine Upgrading in Villa Rosa

This project targets a damaged ravine known as “le trou rosemond” in the slum of Villa Rosa, Port-au-Prince. Originally this ravine served as a waste dumping site for the residents of various bordering neighborhoods such as Cite Mericain and Balanyen. Residents of Villa Rosa identified this ravine as a priority project for the health hazard and sanitation problems it presented for the residents. Architecture for Humanity engaged the community through a participative process to help them formalize their needs. UNOPS as an implementing partner, was able to complete the project through the 16/6 program. Residents can now enjoy a safe passage way for relaxation, play and community gatherings.

 Social Enterprise Rebuild Globally 

Architecture for Humanity Welcomes Rebuild Globally November 29th at 6:00pm in our office in Petion Ville

Organizations all over the world struggle with the question of "transition". After an intervention, what does the future hold for the communities that were on the receiving end? What does sustainability really look like, and when can an organization say: time's up? Rebuild Globally, a social enterprise established in Haiti since 2010, will help us think about those questions and come up with answers to frame our perspective on the matter. Join us for an exciting evening. Refreshments will be served



November 15th, 2013 Designer Christian Beaulieu attended a conference in Miami with funder Kellogg Foundation on Poverty and Democracy in Latin America. November 22nd, 2013 The Group Dalsan, Haiti representatives of the brand HILTI met with our team to present on best usage of different types anchors when using concrete. December 2nd , 2013 Planning Studio Director Nancy Doran will participate on a panel at the Kellogg Foundation Grantees Conference to be held at Indigo. December 3rd, 2013 is the 100th year anniversary of the founding of Ecole Elie Dubois. The Congregation is holding a religious ceremony at the St Louis de Gonzague Chapel in downtown Port-au-Prince at 8:30 am to commemorate the event. All are welcomed. December 13, 2013 NEXT Meet & Greet: Pechakucha. Email Haitirebuild@architectureforhumanity.org for registration. Spaces are limited; registration is a on a first come first serve basis. Register early to guarantee a chance to present your pictures.


Architecture for Humanity presents its sincere condolences to the friends and family of Engineer-Architect Hervé Dejean. We are deeply saddened by the news of his tragic and premature passing. This is an immeasurable lost to Haiti's Architecture Community.


Project Phase %Complete
College C.I.M (PHASE 1) Construction Administration        95%
Clinique Mme JOA Construction Administration 100%
College Mixte Le Bon Berger, Montrouis (PHASE 2) Construction Administration 99%
Ecole Elie Dubois (Phase 2) Bidding and Negotiation 90%
Ile a Vache, Community Action Plan Diagnostic Complete 100%
Grand-Ravine, Community Action Plan        Diagnostic 90%
Mod Ayiti Workshop Construction Administration 70%
Ecole Nationale Republique d'Argentine (Perimeter wall PHASE 2)       Construction Administration 80%
Ecole Bon Berger, Pele (W.C Building) Construction Administration 100%
Haiti Property Law Working Group   Vol.2 Draft 1 100%
Marché de Croix des Bouquets CDs 90%