2011 haiti_utk publication

One to Another

A Downloadable Publication from the 2011 Haiti UTK Studio


WBIR Report of the Haiti Studio

Introduction haiti_utk

Welcome to the Haiti UTK site! The work on these pages reflects student engagement in design for both a school and housing for the community of Fonds des Bloncs, Haiti in collaboration with the Haiti Christian Development Fund. The project was initiated in the early fall of 2010 and subsequently a class of 19 students, in the spring of 2011, was given the responsibility of deisgning a secondary school. The school is under constuction. A new group of students is now hard at work developing new housing in Fonds des Blancs. The work of these students can be seen in the pages of this blog. Students of the class will be traveling to Haiti Februay 2-6 to collect addiional data. It is anticipated that this second phase of the project will be completed in late April with construction starting summer 2012. The work of the students is being guided by three primary faculty, John McRae, David Matthews, and Chris King, a local practictioner. The students during their exploration will engage a wide range of issues including context, culture, resources, climate and other outside factors not common to their expereince. 

Students: Cassidy Barnett, Aaron Brown, Sarah Heimermann, Mitzi Coker, Emily Corgan, Ben Cross, Peter Duke, Emily Fike, Sam Funari, Lauren Heile, Kendra McHaney, Lauren Metts, Morgan Oiler, Bernice Paez, Forrest Reynolds, Emily Ryan, James Sawyer, Zachary Smith, Robert Thew, Cory Wikerson Faculty: John McRae, Chris King, David Matthews

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Special Thanks!

The Haiti Studio for spring 2012 is being supported by HaitiServe foundation based in Knoxville Tennessee, that is focused on outreach and engagement in improving conditions in Haiti. 

Entries in Team 1 (1)


ROH Rolling on Haiti

ROH, Rolling on Haiti is a compact emergency medical unit designed to store a large amount of medical supplies in one central location.  One of the main drivers of the project was the ability to utilize multiple means of transportation.  Once the unit has reached the site it would be put together to form two separate rooms.

During our critique many ideas were proposed.  The major issue brought up was the idea that the pharmacy should not be so close to the exam rooms.  We were asked to in one step determine how the problem could be solved our conclusion was to move the exam rooms outside and make the structure itself the pharmacy. 

Looking to the future it would be in the designs best interest to further develop how ventilation plays a role in structure.  Because of Haiti’s high humidity and lack of breeze ventilation is very important. Another important aspect to consider will be to figure out the weight of the unit with the medical supplies.