Port au Prince
On January 12, 2010, Port-au-Prince was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Working for the Haitian Government’s National Recovery Committee, the Prince’s Foundation For the Built Environment and the DPZ team conducted a recovery charrette one year after the disaster occurred. All the ideas that emerged during the process were collected into alternate redevelopment strategy scenarios. These were analyzed, designed in detail, and, with cost estimates, organized into a matrix to aid decision-making about implementation.
The report comprises a master plan that addresses infrastructure, parks and transportation, a design code, as well as plans for buildings such as ministries and cultural, religious, and educational institutions. It also recommends an implementation strategy with a phasing program, a proposed structure for a downtown redevelopment authority to provide oversight and delivery models for the private realm. The master plan and code will be submitted to the World Bank to guide cost estimating and relief efforts.
The master plan emphasizes numerous state-of-the-art, sustainable design features including a beautiful waterfront park that also provides tertiary water treatment; block by block, multi-fuel, micro-turbine power generation; and rain water collection and processing. The plan also balances immediate recovery needs such as housing, schools, and clearing of unsafe structures with historic preservation goals.
Completed under one Presidential Administration (Preval) it is now being reviewed and prepared for adoption under a new Administration (Martelly).