News and Views / Building a Community from Within

August 11th / 2015

Building a Community from Within

A Planning Study for a Transitional Community

The Stewart team has been fortunate to work in some pretty cool and far off places throughout the years. Most recently, the team has found Haiti as a regular spot on the map with opportunities to help build the idea of community. In between some exciting sports related projects, we worked to develop an idea of hope in Haiti.

The project is a conceptual planning idea to create a transitional community in Haiti, infused with the notion of futbol as a catalyst for hope and a source of pride for an improved life. The project is purposefully grounded in the evident realities of limited infrastructure and resources available for residents. To develop the plan, we started with fundamental building blocks of a community: people and home. Six planning principles were developed around the idea of first creating a suitable home for residents, then building a strong sense of community around the habitat. Homes and their facing porches will begin to create the fundamental source of community. A framework will be developed to interconnect people and common necessities including a market, church, school, futbol academy, common farms, water points and waste points.

The landscape architectural team served as the lead planner, designer and thought leader for the planning effort. The team also included civil and structural engineers to help influence the discussion of the limited infrastructure resources affecting the community planning. In addition, the landscape architects developed the digital visualizations which capture the character of the community.

The significance of the project resides in the hope it can bring to the Haitian people. The context area of the study was deeply affected by the earthquakes and living conditions are deplorable. The pragmatism embedded in the plan provides a sense of reality for a transitional community in this devastated area. Embedding realistic solutions of necessary infrastructure heavily influenced the plan and increases the sense of community.

The Team was privileged to receive a 2015 NCASLA Honor Award for Analysis and Planning.

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