Disaster SOS: Haitia BDNNpanel discussion NEOCONin Chicago, June 15 Atim Annette Oton Co-Founder, Black Design News Network (BDNN)
Contents • 1. How I/BDNN became involved? • 2. BDNN EVOLVES • 3. What is BDNN? • 4. BASIC STRATEGIES • 5. Meetings, Orgs and Information Gathering • 6. HAITI – before & after (the Haitian Renaissance • 7. Presentation by Haitian General Consul • 8. Presentations by key US organizations • 9. BDNN’s initiatives – NOMA Boston, Choose Haiti
How I/BDNN became involved? - 1STRATEGY ONE: CONNECTING THE DOTS • TIMELINE • Jan 12, 2010: THE HAITI EARTHQUAKE • GROUND ZERO – ENGAGING AND CONNECTING THE DOTS - INITIATING NOMA • Jan 13, 2010: SENT EMAIL TO STEVEN LEWIS, PRESIDENT OF NOMA PLUS 35 PEOPLE – INCLUDING 10 AFRICAN AMERICAN FIRM OWNERS –CURTIS MOODY, PHIL FREELON • EMAIL ONE: Steven, I have 2 key suggestions: 1. I think a statement from NOMA and a press release calling black architects to consider to assist, volunteer, contribute funds to Haiti, Haitian organizations such as Doctors without Borders, YELE, FOLKAI, etc. 2. I would like to suggest that NOMA and Black Architects consider contacting USAID to see what help and assistance can be given to Haiti - based on the earthquake. The first priority seems to be a need for doctors but in times of crisis, and as the country goes forward, there will be a need for reconstruction, urban planning, development and architecture. Any thoughts, Atim Annette Oton
How I/BDNN became involved? - 2STRATEGY ONE: CONNECTING THE DOTS RESPONSES: Re: Black Architects, NOMA and Haiti Earthquake From: Steven Lewis To: atimoton Brilliant. Can you draft something for me to use as the basis for such a statement? I have inroads at USAID, so can probably get it in front of the right folks, but am time-challenged right now. Any help would be great to expedite this important mission. thanks, Steve I agree with the two suggestions! Curt Moody I can recommend the organization Building Goodness out of Charlottesville. They have experience in design/build community work in Haiti, and in disaster recovery after Katrina on the Gulf Coast. They do not have plans yet but will post news here: http://www.buildinggoodness.org/index.php/news/. At some point they will be looking for volunteers. Bryan Bell
How I/BDNN became involved? -3 • OTHER RESPONSES Those of us who have done business with USAID and its associated agency ASHA (American Hospitals and Schools Abroad) might consider co authoring a letter to both agencies offering our assistance. While it is true that planning and development efforts logically follow some time after the rescue and retrieval efforts, the centuries of neglect of that country probably warrants a mammoth rebuilding effort akin to the Marshall Plan (or at the very least the Katrina effort). I will be in that part of the Caribbean for the next five days and will inquire of other practitioners what their plans of action might entail. Another idea is to utilize the services of our members who have specific experience with design in seismic regions. Thanks. Bill Stanley • ATIM: INCLUDE SOMETHING LIKE THIS IN THE LETTER: Strength in NOMA is built through unity in the cause that created the organization. Our impact is felt when our organization wrestles with the dilemmas that face this nation AND THIS WORLD, particularly as they affect our profession. There is strength in numbers. By increasing OUR organization'S OUTREACH, we add strength to the voice with which we can speak against apathy, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance; against abuse of the natural environment; and for the un-empowered, the marginalized and the disenfranchised. Our resources are.... We bring..... Renee Kemp-Rotan
How I/BDNN became involved? -3 • OTHER RESPONSES • Atim, Following on the thought in Bryan Bell's earlier email, Architects Without Borders and Architecture for Humanity are both groups that would have core initiatives to assist in this endeavor. We may even want to align ourselves with architect organizations in the Caribbean, e.g., Jamaica Institute of Architects, Barbados Society of Architects, etc. as well as organizations like OECS. Patrick Williams • NOMA launches Service in Solidarity to join others in providing assistance to disaster-stricken Haiti...??? Steven Lewis - Sent from my iPhone • Steven, 1. Can you move this paragraph before - About NOMA? In times of crisis, it is vital to come together and serve others in need. We are extremely proud of our colleagues at the American Institute of Architects, Architecture for Humanity and all of our sister organizations that moved to immediately place resources into action to offer assistance to Haiti. NOMA stands with them as we all endeavor to make a positive impact, now and into the future. Steve/Board/All: Here is same NOMA press release translated into French. Love/Peace/Out/Well done! Renee
RESULTS • PRESS RELEASE • Distributed by BDNN, in English and French – to 200 press and got about 35 write-ups. • Committee on Haiti • SIS Committee on Haiti created • Initiatives on Haiti • Service in Solidarity – Donated $10k for CHF International • Activated Strategic Thinking and Responses • Engaged with a role to get NOMA to the table with the decision makers in Haiti and in the US • Core Focus – Getting Involved – socially, ethically and responsible
STRATEGY TWO: BDNN EVOLVES - 1 • HOW WE EVOLVED? BEGAN AT A PANEL DISCUSSION AT NOMA Developed with a Knight Ridder NEWS CHALLENGE GRANT • Piloting in the NYC metro area, BDDN will expand regionally across the US and around the world as a creative hive, a “work-space” hub for designers to develop projects, exchange ideas and share expertise across disciplines, without regard to geographic borders. This collaborative work space offers new ways to produce projects that benefit the public interest. These might include creating possible design solutions for sheltering the homeless in New York City, constructive solutions for recovery in New Orleans and other areas where natural disasters occur on a regular basis (the Caribbean, etc.) or a Sustainability Model for Lagos, Nigeria that could be investigated by a team of interdisciplinary designers. • GRANT Submitted December 15, 2009
STRATEGY TWO: BDNN EVOLVES – 2a • WHAT IS BDNN? Black Design News Network's fundamental objectives are to: • BROADCAST:Black Design News Network’s (BDNN) goal is to produce and broadcast local, global stories with content to, for and about underserved African Diaspora designers (African, African American, Caribbean, Hispanic) in Architecture, Interiors, Industrial, Product, Fashion, Graphic and Media Design via a web- based portal. • WEB THE BASE:BDDN will identify black designers who ‘infuse unique identity into creative culture’ and transform ‘the aesthetics of dominant culture’, via 4 web-based components: a.)a digital news bureauto broadcast; b.) an online magazine to document the work; c.)a digital design studio/workspace to collaborate; and d.)a digital libraryto archive exemplary design, education, practice projects that serves to promote the worldwide contributions of designers from the African Diaspora. • MARKET + SELL IDEAS:BDNN will promote black design goods, services and ideas to the marketplace, par excellence and en masse. • CREATE PARTNERSHIPS:BDNN will establish and maintain partnerships with the United Nations, USAID, American Institute of Architects, AIGA, Black Creatives, Black Interior Designers, Focus on Design, Organization of Black Designers, National Organization of Minority Architects, National Conference of Mayors, American Planning Association, Councils on the Arts, design firms, schools & organizations across the world.
STRATEGY TWO: BDNN EVOLVES – 2b • WHAT IS BDNN? Black Design News Network's fundamental objectives are to: • DEVELOP DATABASE:BDNN will create a minority designers database/correspondence series for data retrieval on issues, such as: structural racism, black aesthetics, new markets for global design; & online surveys to report the wealth of findings in this our new design research magazine. • DISTRIBUTE NEWS+ PR:BDDN will improve the way news and information is distributed locally via a strategy of tagging content geographical and matching local audiences by partnering with designers, worldwide. • PROMOTE NEW IDEAS: BDDN will increase the volume, quality and content of design news on various platforms (print, web, TV, mobile). This is a African Diaspora design brain trust • WORK SHOP + SHARE:BDNN will become a unique place for designers to network, interact, think & create.
WHO IS BDNN? The BDNN team: Atim Annette Oton • Nigerian-born, U.S. and British educated architectural designer, Atim Annette Otonis a cultural writer/publisher and entrepreneur, and co-Founder of the Black Design News Network. She was an Associate Chair of Product Design at Parsons School of Design from 2000- 2006. Born in Calabar, Nigeria where she spent her formative years before coming to the US to study architecture at the City College of New York in Harlem under the influential black architect Max Bond (who she later worked for) and the Architectural Association Graduate School in London, England. • She returned to New York in 1994 to work with the architecture firm, Davis, Brody, Bond Architects and various other firms in New York. In 2000, she was part of the design team that won the African Burial Ground Interpretive Center. She also worked as an executive producer and design consultant on the Underground Railroad Experience, a cultural education website from 2000 - 2004; and won an Independent Grant from the NYSCA on her work, the Black Hair Salon in 2002. In 2002 and 2004, she participated as a designer for the 3rd and 4th Annual Bridge Street Development Corporation's Bed Stuyvesant Design Showhouses. She has been a consultant to the Bronx Council on the Arts for its Artisan Institute, an innovative idea focused on micro-enterprise for craftspeople in the Bronx. • Her design work has been published in Architecture Record, Design Build magazine, Design Architecture.com, Oculus and Blacklines magazine and exhibited at the Architectural Association, London, and in New York at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Institute for the Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC), the Bronx Museum of Art and the City College of New York. She served as the editor-in-chief and executive vice president for Blacklines Magazine,a quarterly magazine publishing features on black designers in architecture, interior design, construction, development and the arts from 2000-2002 and the Co-Organizer, Limitless Layers,Blacklines’ Second Conference, Design Showcase and exhibition, April 11-14, 2002 and Co-Organizer, Bridging the Gap between Education and Practice, Blacklines Architecture Conference, Design Showcase and exhibition, October 19-22, 2000.
WHO IS BDNN? The BDNN team: Renee Kemp- Rotan • Renee Kemp-Rotan,Director, Capital Projects Mayors Office, Birmingham, Alabama; Former Chief Urban Design/Urban Development; Director Economic Development, Atlanta GA. B. Arch Syracuse, cum laude; MSUP Columbia U.; RIBA II Architectural Association, London. • RKR, came to the South from London, New York, DC around 1996 to work for Corporation for Olympic Development, Atlanta and now oversees $175 million dollars of bond/non-bond construction projects for Birmingham’s Mayor. As a master of architecture/imagination, she consistently blends urban design, heritage, and media savvy design with economic development projects on a major scale. • Her work on The Grand Egyptian Museum Competition, Cairo; Pullman Porter Museum, Chicago; Railroad Reservation Park, Birmingham; Fort Worth’s Evans Rosedale; Auburn Avenue National Civil Rights Street Museum, Atlanta’s First Aquarium Initiative with daring exhibition designs for Urban Sea Academy, ENN-Environmental News Network, and Re-creation of the River Nile prove her theory of “African Americana”: that strong urban heritage statements create major destination tourism dollars. She has served ten mayors of major American cites on issues of urban design, economic development and master planning (i.e. DC. NY, ATL, Bham.) • She has directed more than 30 major master plans for predominantly African American communities over the course of her career. Kemp-Rotan was recently recognized by both Harvard University and Oxford University as a leading urban designer in their jointly published African American National Biography. References to her work reside in the archives of the African American Studies Center. Oxford , England and the W.E,B. Dubose Center on African American Studies at Harvard University, Cambridge Massachusetts.
STRATEGY THREE: LAUNCHING BDNN • STRATEGY – 2010 • BETA SITE – full site to launch December 2010 • SOCIAL MEDIA – Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin • ISSUE ORIENTED: DISASTERS • INITIATIVES WITH DESIGNERS AND ORGANIZATIONS • Developing a Partnership Strategy with Organizations • Series of Grant Applications helped us develop the site focuses and perspective • Applied for a Knight News Challenge Grant, Graham Foundation, MacArthur J-Voices, NYC Seed Start, etc
STRATEGY FOUR: BDNN’S FOCUS • DISASTER FOCUS • DISASTER SOS: HAITI • NEOCON – JUNE 2010 • DESIGN IN THE DIASPORA • NOMA BOSTON – OCTOBER 2010 • DA BRONX SOS • GRANT APPLICATION • CITIES UNDER SIEGE • GRANT APPLICATION • CITIES UNDER SIEGE: Disaster in the Diaspora is an online publication led by members of Black Design News Network (BDNN) and victims of disaster to collectively investigate the impact of natural and made-made disaster in chronically underserved communities, worldwide. • CITIES UNDER SIEGE will target citizens of communities of color suffering ‘disaster’: The Earthquake & Port Au Prince, Haiti; Katrina, The Flood & New Orleans; Blight & The Bronx; etc., using a web-based platform with social media and mobile technology to collect news about: existing pre/post-disaster conditions; benign neglect; existent v. non-existent early warning systems; effective v. dysfunctional emergency interventions; culture and crisis analysis in the Diaspora communities.
STRATEGY FIVE: ATTENDING MEETINGS ON HAITI AND MEETING THE DECISION MAKERS/FUNDERS - 1 • Haitian Government • Haitian people – in Haiti and across the Diaspora • United Nations (UN) • World Bank • Clinton Foundation/Clinton Bush Foundation • Inter-American Development Bank(IDB) • Congress- in particular Yvette Clarke and Ed Towns in Brooklyn • US Government
STRATEGY FIVE: ATTENDING MEETINGS ON HAITI AND MEETING THE DECISION MAKERS/FUNDERS - 2 • France, Canada, South American and Caribbean Countries • UNA-HAITI – Haitian American/Haitian Diaspora Organization • Brooklyn International Development Trace Center (BIDTC) • USAID • Department of Commerce • USTDA • Department of Defense
STRATEGY FIVE: ATTENDING MEETINGS ON HAITI AND MEETING THE DECISION MAKERS/FUNDERS - 2 • France, Canada, South American and Caribbean Countries • UNA-HAITI – Haitian American/Haitian Diaspora Organization • Brooklyn International Development Trace Center (BIDTC) • USAID • Department of Commerce • USTDA • Department of Defense • OPIC
STRATEGY SIX: KNOWLEDGE IS KEY • BDNN IS BECOMING CULTURE EXPERTS • BDNN IS BECOMING THE PLACE TO GO FOR INFORMATION ON HAITI • AMBASSADOR LESLIE VOLTAIRE REMINDS US NOT TO FORGET HAITI
HAITI A collection of information from January 12 Getting up to speed on HAITI
THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESENTATION BYS.IM.A.C.T, INC.SOCIETE IMMOBILIERE, D’AGRICULTURE, DE COMMERCE ET DE TOURISMESOCIALLY CONSCIOUS INVESTORS • REAL ESTATE • AGRICULTURE • JOB CREATION : TOURISM & COMMERCE
HAITI THE LOST PARADISE
THE RECOVERY: HAITIAN RENAISSANCE
THE HAITIAN RENAISSANCE INTERNATIONAL AID FOREIGN INVESTMENT DIASPORA PARTICIPATION
HISTORICAL FACTS • ONCE THE RICHEST COLONY IN THE CARIBBEAN REGION • IN 1950: ECONOMY RICHER THAN THAT OF THAILAND • BIG AGRICULTURAL EXPORTER OF COCOA, COFFEE, SUGAR, RICE
HAITI’S POTENTIALS • UNTAPPED NATURAL RESOURCES • LARGE, UNDEVELOPED LANDMASS IN THE CARIBBEAN REGION • EMERGENCE OF A POWERFUL, WELL PREPARED DIASPORA • LARGEST, YOUNGEST LABOR FORCE EAGER TO FIND WORK • REAL ESTATE VALUE HAS KEPT PACE WITH THE REGION DESPITE ITS UNSTABLE PAST • DOMESTIC TOURISM HAS REMAINED STEADY
HAITI GROWTH POTENTIAL • SHARES SAME ISLAND WITH D.R. • POPULATION : 9-10 MILLIONS, A SUBSTANTIAL PART OF THE ENTIRE CARIB-WORKFORCE • TROPICAL CLIMATE WITH 1850 KMS OF SHORELINES, GREATER THAN THE D.R.(1350 kms) • STRONG DOMESTIC TOURISM :600,000 per year
HAITI: BASIC FUNDAMENTALS FOR GROWTH • MATURING DEMOCRACY ( FRAGILE ) • PEACEFUL LOCATION : CARIBBEAN • UNTAPPED NATURAL RESSOURCES (agro-industry, mineral exploration, industrial developments, telecommunication, transportation, massive housing developments, tourism) • PROXIMATE DIASPORA • LARGE & RELATIVELY CHEAP LABOR FORCE
US Department of Commerce SeminarAccessing Medium to Long Term Opportunities in HAITIAN RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT Brooklyn, NY - May 10 , 2010Jean-SébastienRichéConsulate of Haiti in New York
The January 12 earthquake in key figures • More than 300,000 deaths, 300,000 wounded (thousand of amputees), 1.3 million refugees and homeless living in tent cities; • 105,000 homes destroyed, 208,000 damaged, 1,300 educational institutions and 50 hospitals and health centers collapsed or unusable; • Total losses and damage estimated at USD 7.9 billion or 120% of GDP lost in the dust and rubble. Highest cost of disaster ever for the 35 years since DALA method has been used; • Economic activities in the devastated areas accounted for 85 % of the State revenues (FMI).
From a tragedy to an opportunityVision and principles for a better and stronger Haiti • A fair , just, united, friendly and environmentally friendly society ruled by the law; • a modern, dynamic, competitive, open and inclusive market-based economy; • a society serving everybody’s basic needs; • a knowledge-based society built on a strong university system; • A responsible, unitary state guaranteeing the implementation of the laws with a strong commitment to de-concentration and decentralization.
The Course of Action • Two master documents: Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) and Action Plan for the National Reconstruction and Development (APNRD); • 3 interlinked phases of action to coexist with immediate or long-term impact (relief and prevention, rebuilding and laying the foundations for a sustainable development ) • Actions oriented toward 4 sectors territorial rebuilding, economic rebuilding, social rebuilding and institutional rebuilding SITES TO VISIT http://blackdesignnews.com/blog1/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Action_Plan_En_FINAL_12April.pdf http://blackdesignnews.com/blog1/tag/haiti-earthquake/