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 history. A public space is, therefore, an anthropological space, where collectivities place the roots of their identity and relations. The design and the implementation of the public spaces 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 area of Kay Alfred public space sits above a ravine, which collects water and debris (due to erosion) from two different branches. The space has been previously occupied by the kids from the community as a soccer field, but due to the existing topography and conditions was dangerous. Therefore, the project is aimed to respond to this existing hydrological issue, through improved infrastructures such as a culvert, a dam, and a retaining wall.  The architectural project has transformed a complex and necessary engineering project into a healthy and beautiful recreational ground, mostly occupied as a sports facility, and complete with a basketball court, seating areas and a playground.

CREDITS: Anna Calogero, Mihail Dinu, Samuel Eliodor, Jeannie S. Lee, Andrea Panizzo, Edoardo Paoletti, Etienne Pernot du Breuil, Gianluca Stefani, Radim Tkadlec.