Project Type: Community Masterplanning, Community Engagement, Participatory Design
Location: Fond-des-Blancs, Haiti
Year Completed: 2020

  • CCGIS,
  • Re:ground LLC,
  • Youth Build Boston,
  • James Kostaras,
  • Peter Wiederspahn

W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Saint Boniface Hospital, ADF, PDCA,

This project was completed at Build Health International 

The W.K. Kellogg (WKKF) foundation funded a community masterplan to provide a formal planning structure to guide development, and capture Fond-des-Blancs’ future aspirations. The FdB Town Centre Community Plan sets forth a development strategy for Fonds des Blancs that reflects the goals and aspirations of the community. The Plan serves as a guide for future growth and recommends catalytic projects and investments. The FdB Town Centre Community Plan is the culmination of a two and half year participatory planning process, involving community stakeholders. The multi-phase process involved: engaging community liaisons, stakeholder interviews, household surveys, public engagement workshops, scenario planning workshops, and expert and community review. The project challenged us to rethink the role of the urban planner/architect in the creation of the community plan. We assumed a ‘collaborator’ and ‘facilitator’ role to enable local negotiations amongst community stakeholders and their sought shared future aspirations.

Fond des Blancs, Haiti – On Saint Boniface day parishioners who came to Saint Boniface Hospital for a celebration of mass were treated to lunch inside one of the hospital’s meeting rooms. Jessica Rinaldi for Build Health International

Community engagement and participatory design. 

Fond-des-Blancs Community Masterplan

January 3, 2014