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Port-au-Prince, Haiti Historic Preservation Studio Report

Port-au-Prince, Haiti Historic Preservation Studio Report

Erica Avrami, William Raynolds

Tyler Atwood, Catherine Chao, Maria de la Torre, Catherine Fischer, Bo He, Charles Hovanic, Cherie-Nicole Leo, Juan Carlos Maquilón, Michael Perles, Barrett Reiter, Alberto Sanchez-Sanchez, Klara Xia

Recognizing both the important work that has already been done, as well as the challenges ahead to preserve Haiti’s Gingerbread heritage, Columbia GSAPP developed an advanced studio course focused on the Gingerbreads as important elements of the urban environment of Port-au-Prince. Given the value they hold to the people of Haiti, the Gingerbreads are not simply historic buildings in need of repair; they are a form of living heritage that can help to catalyze change within the physical and social fabric of the community. The studio concept developed from this premise. Drawing students from historic preservation, urban planning, and real estate development, the studio explored three fundamental questions:

  • What can the Gingerbread houses contribute to the surrounding urban context (socially, environmentally, and economically?
  • What can the surrounding urban context contribute to the preservation and valorization of the Gingerbread houses?
  • What challenges do the Gingerbread houses currently face and how might those challenges be overcome?
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