Background

In January 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, reducing houses, businesses and public buildings to rubble. We were given the unique and solemn opportunity by the Haitian authorities to participate in the reconstruction of the historic centre of Port-au-Prince.

 

Our Project

Working alongside Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company (DPZ) we developed a plan using public consultation workshops. These took place in early 2011 and involved intense design work alongside meetings with members of government, developers, residents and other stakeholders over several days.

A detailed masterplan was developed, based upon carefully-managed infrastructure and connections to a natural wetlands filtration system along the waterfront. The proposal involves a transport plan, with a new tram loop and has designs for the entire government infrastructure including new public buildings. Additionally we have proposed a detailed binding design code to guide future reconstruction.
 
 

Key info

This project is

  • Engage

Status

Ongoing

Location

Port-au-Prince
Haiti

Theme

  • Natural Disaster Recovery

Project contact

Jane Nielsen

Project partners

  • Duany Plater-Zyberk
  • Haitian Government