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Building Back Better Communities, Haiti

The January 2010 earthquake in Haiti destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes, schools, hospitals and businesses in and around Port-au-Prince, leaving the city's fragile infrastructure in ruins. The international community and Haiti's government called for a Building Back Better Communities reconstruction strategy providing safe, affordable and sustainable buildings. The practice proposed and delivered a Housing Expo and masterplan as part of this strategy, in partnership with the Haitian Government. This offered plans for houses, schools, clinics, and markets in new community templates that could be built quickly, cheaply, and more securely than previous housing.

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JMP proposes a settlement structure which can be erected at speed and low cost to replace homes and community facilities destroyed in the earthquake. 

The proposal organises settlements with a community facility at their heart; such as a school, health clinic and market.  From here a distinctive and planned community can develop which can be expanded in the future on adjacent plots, as funds become available, to meet future needs.


  • Sector

    Initiatives, Masterplan, Residential

  • Location


  • Description


  • Client

    Clinton Global Initiative

  • Size

    750,000 sqm

  • Cost


  • Team

    John McAslan + Partners, Architect

  • Status

    2010 Onwards

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