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Photo by Remi Kaupp                                           Photo by Haitian Childrens Home                                       Abitare Magazine

~KREYOL SETTLEMENT STRUCTURE~

From the rural farming compounds to the bustling metropolises of Port Au Prince and Cap Hatien, Haitiís human settlements incorporate a range of large grain economic, social, and architectural patterns, from the French & Spanish Colonial gridiron city plan, to the more topographically determined landscape and layouts of the agricultural villages and urban Bidonvilles (informal settlements).

Colonial planning was centered on natural and human resource exploitation.  Conversely, a program of refurbishing the Bidonvilles could provide a prospect for the emergence of intense urban as well as rural landscape restoration, an opportunity to humanely harness and leverage the social genius and energy of Haitians in the cities.

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