Social urbanism for downtown Port au Prince (Haiti) [Phase 2: Morne-à-Tuf]

Renovación del centro urbano de Port-au-Prince (Haití)
Scope: CiutatCategories: Citizenship Participation, Local development plans, Sustainability

The pilot urban renewal project aimed to carry out an operation of urban planning and land subdivision of one of the blocks in the neighborhood of Morne à Tuf, located in downtown Port au Prince (Haiti).

This project was conceived as an example and a catalyst for sustainable rehabilitation and renovation of downtown Port au Prince, proposing innovative, ambitious, sustainable and coherent solutions to the socio-urban reality of the neighborhood. Thus, the pilot operation should stand as a model for replication in the remaining blocks for urban renewal in the area.

Morne-à-Tuf 2 (français) (WE-SPORA) from Spora Films on Vimeo.

The main problems and challenges of the project had to do with land regularization, legal framework and financial arrangements. One of its features was the inclusion of the private sector as the main investor in the urban operation, in order to develop a replicable and sustainable model. The function of each of the actors –community, public bodies and private investors– in the execution of the operation was precisely defined. This operation was carried out in three phases. The first phase of the exploratory study focused on the development of a detailed diagnosis of the neighborhood. The second phase included six pre-operating studies to define a replicable model for urban the renewal of the chosen block. The third phase of implementation includes the necessary studies and operational execution of the consolidation process.