The Haiti Culture Code: An International Call for Papers

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TOWARDS A POST-EARTHQUAKE DEVELOPMENT MANUAL

by Renee Kemp-Rotan, author of the code

A Culture Code for Haiti: The Rebuilding of National Identity through Architecture (NIA) assumes that culturally informed architecture can help to fulfill new national ideals, through rebuilding Haiti as a utopian civilization with NIA/purpose.

First, The Culture Code will outline a comprehensive framework of 100 cultural considerations advanced across the socio-economic geography of pre-colonial, colonial, post-colonial and post-earthquake Haiti, in a way that informs all future design and development.

Second, The Culture Code is an international call for papers to address 100 topics on Haitian culture, politics and space for:

  • cultural anthropologists
  • geographers
  • policy planners
  • urban designers
  • architects
  • developers
  • economists
  • historians
  • disaster experts

Third, The Culture Code will meld ‘form and content’ data collected above to propose a series of design principles structured to influence all future and permanent master plan efforts in the rebuilding of post-earthquake Haiti. Thus both quantitative and qualitative design decsions can be made.

Fourth, The Culture Code will develop specific ‘pilot prototypes’ that lead to a system of development contracts that follow best practices for town planning/settlement building/housing designs (macro and micro) that  are culturally significant, replicable, yet influenced by population capacity, location, geography, transportation, communication and resources.

The code is authored and edited by Renee Kemp-Rotan, co-Founder of Black Design News Network.

More details, visit http://www.haiticulturecode.com

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