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CVCSI: Building in Haiti: Synthesis of Culture, Structure, Budget and Community

  • Rapture 303 East Main Street Charlottesville, VA, 22902 United States (map)

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AIA Learning Objectives:

1. Explore the role of women throughout this process and the efforts to empower local citizens both during the construction process and the opportunities in the community after the building is in operation. (sustainability/HSW).
2. Explore building codes and regulations in rural Haiti (building codes/HSW).
3. Explore how the site and building design responded to the local culture with regards to security and related structure. (security/HSW).
4. Explain other site limitations that required two systems for water containment/use (cisterns—no well water).
5. Analyze the structural systems with regards to earthquake and hurricane resistance (foundation, walls, and roofs). (structure/natural hazards/HSW)
6. Identify the structural material and method limitations when building in a remote, impoverished community in Haiti (structural/HSW).
7. Describe the challenges in construction administration, in particular with communication, when working in tandem from the United States and Haiti. Includes communication between owner, architect, project manager, volunteer American skilled craftsmen, and Haitian crew (construction administration/HSW).
8. Identify building design strategies adopted to meet both budget and material limitations.
9. Discuss the importance of daylight while also providing shade in a tropical climate (site design/HSW).
10. Explore the choices of color with regards to local culture and climate, and in particular with regards to health and well-being in a medical setting.

Earlier Event: March 31
Small Firm Round Table