On Monday March 10th the Architecture For Humanity Haiti planning team participated in the first national urban forum held in Haiti, Forum Urbain National (FUN) 2014 initiated by CIAT. This Forum follows the Urban Regional Forums of the Greater South and of the Greater North, which took place earlier this year with participants from the major players in urban development: policy makers, professionals, private sector, urban operators, academic sector, voluntary sector and citizens.
At the national level, the goal of this event was to acknowledge that the country now has a majority of its population living in cities, and to establish a vision and a shared understanding of urban issues to then lay the groundwork for a unified policy for Haiti.
Architecture for Humanity lead the "FUN" group through the Villa Rosa Project for the "rehabilitation urbaine" site visit, which started at the Canape-Vert entry point of the neighborhood and continued on to several priority areas that were outlined by the community in our action plan and executed by UNOPS (See map of guided visit). Participants in this visit consisted of everyone from professional architects and planners to NGO representatives (GRETT and CONCERN) to students of the "University of Quisqueya" and the "Faculte des Sciences."
The “rehabilitation urbaine” site visit lasted about an hour and CIAT was very pleased with the way in which it was conducted. The Forum Urbain National is set to continue for the week of March 10th to march 17th with several planned activities (site visits, conferences, and technical workshops), please see this link for a schedule of the Forum.
New: Grand Ravine Leadership Program
The Architecture for Humanity Grand Ravine Team is initiating a program in the schools to reach out and inspire the future leaders of communities. We are working with each of the eight Grand Ravine schools targeting ten year old students who in 30 years will be the community leaders. By planting the seeds of community planning concepts and emphasizing the essential role individuals play in forming the future, capacity is grown within for more sustainable neighborhoods.
École Nationale Republique d’Argentine
With phase 1 completed, the ground-breaking ceremony for phase 2 took place on Friday, March 21. A scope for 3 additional classrooms and landscape will be added to the project, and we will be meeting with the Clinton Foundation on March 24. The work is projected to be completed within the Argentine Phase 2 schedule.
A few meetings were held recently to determine a number of small works that needed to be executed. CHAPE and YCF finally reached an agreement for executing the remaining work. A summary of tasks and action items for each partner was discussed at BID offices. We are developing an added services proposal out this week in order to move forward with the newly set scope.
École Baptiste Bon Berger, Pele
The toilet building at École Baptiste Bon Berger in Pele was recently painted with yellow and blue - colors chosen by the school. With this, the building is complete! We will soon be collaborating with Give Love to provide technical support and training for the management of the composting system implemented in this project.
College Immacule de Marie 2
Architecture for Humanity met with the contractor, YCF to check on the progress of construction with their work on CIM1, where a temporary staircase was installed on site while the main staircase undergoes construction. After some negotiation with YCF, it was decided that a portion of the scope for CIM1 will be completed for the contractor that we select for the CIM2. Bids for CIM2 were received and interviews have been conducted.
École Elie Dubois Phase 2
FAES is negotiating with two contractors; one for the structural portion of the project, and one for the renovation of the school. We are also currently negotiating with FAES in regards to our future engagement with the project. World Central Kitchen recently made a visit from the US with photographers and journalists to the site with an intent to implement a culinary school in the basement of the renovated building and to create a restaurant and public area in the existing garden. Following their visit, WCK met with the secretary of tourism to discuss their project.
NEXT MEET & GREET Movie Night: "Making the Modern" Join us on Friday, March 28, at 6 p.m. at the Haiti Rebuilding Center located at 12 Rue Rebecca, Petion Ville
Development Manager - Haiti Rebuilding Center
Find out more about our Haiti Reconstruction Program here.
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Happy New Year! The year starts off with exciting news: our projects are moving along as our design teams race off with many exciting design ideas!
This month, careful coordination and plenty of meetings left the project team with a host of information to process, decisions to make and many new ideas to share. We began working with the Seaside Heights' future events center manager to refine the program and community needs and are grateful for the insights. The Army Corps of Engineers continue to discuss and plan the coastal sand dunes planned for Seaside Heights and we are evaluating its impact on the design. The design team led by Gensler’s Morristown office is at the drawing board developing schematic design options before the open house event.
The Community Open House will take place on Tuesday February 4th, 2014 from 5:30pm-7:30pm, Seaside Heights Community Center, 1000 Bay Blvd. The Open House is an opportunity to hear about project updates and developments. Come see preliminary design ideas for the Events Center and have the opportunity to speak with the design team.
The design teams for the school projects are working diligently to complete schematic designs. Washington School, Little Ferry will be holding a community open house on February 6, 6:00pm - 7:30pm in their Media Center, and Toms River High School North will be holding one in the next few weeks as well. Information to come soon!
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