The neighbourhood is characterized by a dense and poor urban fabric. The houses clinging to the slopes of the ravine lacked basic services such as electricity, running water and sanitation. There is little formal infrastructure which makes the homes only accessible by a network of narrow corridors winding up the slope. It is only among the tight corners and between the walls of neighbouring houses that social life usually takes place.
Creating safe public spaces to promote social cohesion and improve community resilience
Due to weak planning practices and scarce law enforcement, during the past 30 years, the urban fabric of the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince developed informally and predominantly configured into private space. Public spaces resulted in crowded, dangerous and unhealthy circulation environments, a problem that existed in Carrefour-Feuilles.
Emergent Vernacular Architecture (EVA Studio) was awarded the design and the construction supervision of three public spaces in Carrefour-Feuilles within the framework of the LAMIKA Program. These public spaces include:
- Place Tapis Rouge
- Place Kay Alfred
- Terrain Campeche
The Lavi Nan Miyò Katye Pam (LAMIKA) Program is a joint American and Haitian reconstruction and recovery program implemented in Carrefour Feuilles. Following the priorities identified through a participatory urban study, the American Red Cross has upgraded infrastructure efforts to improve housing and other living spaces were established.
These include activities such as ravine clearing to mitigate the risk of floods and landslides, the construction of quality public space and the improvement of pedestrian walkways to create safer transit.