Graduate Thesis: University of Notre Dame
This thesis project consists of a written theoretical approach and a proposed design solution that tests the applicability of concepts and conditions being explored. The premise of this work suggests that the development potential of company towns in developing nations may be a practical model for economic and social growth. The design project is a Haitian town developed in the tradition of the Laws of the Indies, with an economic foundation built upon available natural resources - in this case salt. The concept is a continuation of the Notre Dame Haiti Program, that distributes critically needed medicine in fortified salt. The architectural components draw from historic Haitian vernacular models to establish a variety of housing types. The work was recognized with a Charter Award by the Congress for the New Urbanism.