Project LAMIKA is an American and Haitian Red Cross programme in the area of Carrefour-Feuilles in Port-au-Prince, aimed at the improvement of the neighbourhood and residential infrastructure. The area sustained extensive damage by the 2010 earthquake and is characterised by extreme poverty. The objective is to enhance community and household resilience through a sustainable and integrated approach. We adopted the Placemaking principles, which is an approach to the planning, design and management of smart public spaces that capitalise on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential.
The programme of a public space is very specific and, differently from private projects, it is inherently community-oriented. Traditional identity-defining places are “places of identity, of relations and of history. A public space is, therefore, an anthropological space, where collectivities place the roots of their identity and relationships. The design and the implementation of the public areas in Carrefour-Feuilles are aimed at providing the local community with a sense of ownership, identity and pride, at fighting poverty, reducing crime, violence and anti-social behaviour through a safer and cleaner environment.
The football pitch of Campêche is well known in the area as it has been hosting many tournaments where the youth of the area can showcase their talents. While the existing pitch is nothing more than a dirt ground, it is a symbol of pride for the neighbourhood. The goal of the project and the design of this site is to give a new life to the existing field with a new artificial turf (easy to maintain) while providing the community with a space that includes playground equipment for the children and a flexible space to be used as basketball court, capoeira centre and gathering place.
CREDITS: Anna Calogero, Samuel Eliodor, Jeannie S. Lee, Andrea Panizzo, Edoardo Paoletti, Etienne Pernot du Breuil, Gianluca Stefani.
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