The exhibition is opened from last Wednesday July 25th and will run until August 15th. Curated by Urban Zen & Nomad Two Worlds, ‘Discover Haiti’ features art, accessories, clothing and home furnishings designed and produced in Haiti. The collection comprises the work of craftsmen in small objects, pictures, and also the projects of refurbishment and reconstruction of buildings destroyed by the last 2010 earthquake.
Between the projects presented is The Iron Market, which was originally built in 1891, being one of the most significant cultural and historic architectural landmarks in Haiti. Decimated by a fire in 2008 and further catastrophically damaged by the 2010 earthquake, John McAslan + Partners was the lead architect of its reconstruction. As the commercial and social hub of Port-au-Prince, the nation’s capital, the opening of the Iron Market is a key milestone for Haiti.
Educational Facilities and Community Centers are also part of the exhibition. John McAslan himself during the press conference explained the process of development of these projects. The constraints that mean to build even the simplest structure in a country with a limited urban development, and in addition that have been affected by natural disasters. “The proposal organises settlements with a community facility at their heart; such as a school, health clinic and market. From here a distinctive and planned community can develop which can be expanded in the future on adjacent plots, as funds become available, to meet future needs.”
The Clinton Foundation has helped to facilitate the Maison D’Haiti project. The exhibition is hosted at the McAslan + Partners headquarters’ William Road Gallery, located in 7-9 William Road, London NW1 3ER. More information: www.mcaslan.co.uk