Resiliency Planning After Haiti's 2010 Earthquake


Idea & Concept

To transform a barren coastal property into a thriving sustainable community that boasted independence from energy, and access to water, shelter and food.

Design Process

After meeting with local officials to create a wish list, and a site visit to see our “canvas”, we began an in depth analysis of existing conditions to create a solid baseline.

Building Ahead

Dovetailing the wishlist with our baseline analysis, we engineered a holistic solution that provided a sense of stability and well-being for community members.

About This Project

After the 2010 earthquake rocked the island nation, Port-au-Prince’s port facilities were severely damaged. As a result, the Port international du Cap-Haïtien became a vital artery for delivery of relief supplies.

While damage in the North was not as severe, Cap-Haïtien officials saw it as a perfect opportunity to start planning for a more resilient future. In 2011, D Squared traveled to the coastal community to develop a plan that would target renewable energy (via coastal wind & sugarcane waste), sustainable housing solutions and a low impact agricultural platform to lessen the burden of imported foodstuffs.

  • LocationNorth Haiti
  • Area20.7 square miles
  • Population (est.)274,404
  • Density13,280 / square mile