Master Plan



Erasmo (Eric) Ortega
Manasvinee (Vinee) Pramod


The nature of land organization in Haiti is far from Jeffersonian. An appropriate fit with existing conditions suggests developing a master plan by intricately fitting together uneven parcels, which offers the impression of organic growth. Keeping the citizens of the town comfortable and happy is a priority. To do this requires comprehending the town’s present organization and understanding the age of buildings and types of construction. This information also enables analysis of past and possible future growth patterns.

Our ideas for the master plan grew from possible scenarios that town development might follow. Would the market street turn into a large cultural node? If so, should it be planned as a by-pass on Departmentale Route 21? or as a high traffic interstate? What would a five and ten year plan be if the town took this path? These questions formed the basis for Scenario One. 

Scenario Two and Three shown on the adjacent page, represent possible growth patterns if the town is constrained to grow linearly along the highway. These scenarios build on patterns of growth the town has witnessed over the last 5-10 years. However, Scenario Two shows results of demarcated nodes and an increasingly nodal plan. The nodal plan in Scenario Three shows the possibility of the town developing around clusters of activity to support its infrastructural demands. In the decades to come this scenario might extend the town in a linear fashion.

This system of scenario planning was engaged to offer options and a range of possible outcomes the town might consider, depending on which direction it choses to follow or is forced to take.