On Wednesday last, approximately 100 members of the local community from Santo took part in a design charrette facilitated by local planning company, Sodade. Through a variety of interactive exercises, heated debate and drawing the community began to express their vision for the village of Santo. These plans will be compiled by Architecture for Humanity and a framework plan presented back to the community as a representation of their vision.
Community led design is not widely practiced in Haiti and the enthusiastic response was palpable. A number of representatives from other NGOs have been attending these sessions to learn the trade and understand the benefits of a community led process.