HAITI NOW/ CAP-HAITIEN NOW
SUPRASTUDIO THOM MAYNE/ NOW INSTITUTE
Thom Mayne, Distinguished Professor
Eui-Sung Yi, Lecturer
In 2012, The Now Institute initiated Haiti Now as an intensive, cross disciplinary research and design project dedicated to contemporary urban issues and design potentials in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. The project encompassed a comprehensive critical analysis of Haitian modern history and politics, a data-driven research investigation of planning, infrastructural, and social issues, and a set of collaborative design propos- als developed in concert with Haitian governing and community partners to target reconstruction through the lenses of resilience and culture. A comprehensive publication of the same name is expected in Spring 2014.
In 2013, the Mayne / Now Institute SUPRASTUDIO brought the focus of the study to Cap-Haïtien, the historical and former capital of Haiti, which has experienced dramatic growth in population and commercial activity in the past 20 years. These changes have fueled an uncontrolled growth in informal settlements and strained the capacity of the city’s roads, utilities and the ecology to meet and mitigate the burgeoning demand. As a result, the operations and locations of the city market, the quality of residential neighborhoods and access to cultural centers have diminished. According to studies by the Word Bank, the population of the city has more than doubled between 1995 and 2005 and its area has increased tenfold in forty years, from 1.22 km2 in 1960 to 12.39 km2 in 2002. The Institute’s aim is to respond to these conditions and recognize Cap-Haïtien’s existing cultural and natural assets as opportunities for urban development, economic growth and community enhancement.
With support from UNESCO, World Bank, Government of Haiti Minis- try of Tourism and the Office of the Mayor of Cap-Haïtien, the Mayne / Now Institute SUPRASTUDIO aims to provide integrative research, ur- ban and social analysis and strategic masterplanning proposals that will be presented to these authorities. Project advisors include: CIAT (Comité Interministériel d’Aménagement du Territoire), FOKAL (La Fondation Con- naissance et Liberté/Fondasyon Konesans Ak Libète), Haiti Soleil and the Center for Black Studies.
Students: Aiden Carty, Andrew Kim, Brent Nishimoto, Carolyn Mei Ng, Chao Weng, Jimmy Zhuoxin Fang, Pablo Sepulveda Durand, Xiaoxiao Su, Yang Ming, Yining Wang, Yu-liang Hsu, Yun Yuan, Zachary Pauls, Zilliang Lu.