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Heritage, Education, and Urban Resilience: Building Alternative Futures in Port-au-Prince, Haiti Publication Cover

Heritage, Education, and Urban Resilience: Building Alternative Futures in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Student Authors
Allison Arlotta, Ethan Boote, Whigham Covington, Emily Fesette, Yi Jiang, Adam Lubitz, Nilika Mistry, Morgan O’Hara, Siri Olson (Teaching Assistant), Ramya Ramanathan, Katherine Taylor-Hasty

This joint historic preservation and urban planning studio built upon the assessment of a Fall 2015 advanced studio of historic preservation, urban planning, and real estate development studios. It explored how Gingerbread houses can serve an integrative and catalytic function in relation to urban form, creative placemaking, and community resilience. This inquiry approached the Gingerbreads from two perspectives. The first focused on the use of the Gingerbreads for educational and cultural purposes to understand the opportunities and challenges confronted by this particular institutional community, which is geographically dispersed. The second examined the Gingerbreads in a physical community by focusing on a particular neighborhood/node, Pacot, in which Gingerbreads are geographically concentrated and represent a significant element of the urban fabric. The studio worked closely with the following organizations that have plans in place to adapt Gingerbreads for educational and cultural use.