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Architecture

Haiti's Gingerbread Houses to become a Cultural Heritage District

Gingerbread Home, Jeremie

Haiti, known for its French colonial houses, has been harboring an unusual architectural treasure, Gingerbread houses. A fusion of styles, derived from homes built in the American South and modified for climate conditions in Haiti, they have resisted hurricanes and tremblers. In 2010, Haiti's earthquake turned buildings in Port-au-Prince into masses of rubble. But a 125-year old Gingerbread house in the capital survived the quake virtually unharmed. Spearheading a project to restore Gingerbread houses, and make them into retail establishments, is the partnership of the French Institute in Haiti and the Knowledge and Freedom Foundation (FOKAL).

The Bois-Verna neighborhood in Port-au-Prince holds 200 Gingerbread houses. They are called such due to ornate latticework, winding around the circumference of the structures' features. Gingerbread houses can endure Haiti's torrid weather. Tall ceilings and turrets direct stagnant hot air upwards, and windows surrounding the house produce a cooling breeze.

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The Court of Jacmel, Restoring over 100 years of history

Haiti Reconstruction: The Court of Jacmel, historical heritage of Haiti

Three years ago, the Court of First Instance in Jacmel was a crumbled heap that didn't bode well for restoration plans. Even the engineer who would eventually oversee the restoration effort, Jean-Marie Dutreuil, thought the once-proud, 100 year old building was fit only to be leveled to the ground. It is the good fortune of the city, the country and the many inmates overrun in the Jacmel prison who are awaiting trial that a little bit of faith was extended, and a very important part of Haiti's judicial history will be fit to stand for at least another 100 years.

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Cap-Haitian's Immortal Baroque Beauty Mesmerizes Visitors

Cap-Haitian Vintage Landmarks

Cap-Haitian ranks as the second most populated Haitian city next to Port-au-Prince, numbering 190,000 residents. A coastal city grazing the North Coast, it is the nexus of a thriving farming community. Its biggest exports include tropical fruits, sugar, and premium coffee beans.

Cap-Haitian was colonized in the 1700s by the French, who turned it into the wealthiest center in the Caribbean region. The French sense of baroque beauty transformed the city into "The Paris of the West". Henri Christophe, one of Haiti's earliest rulers, made Cap-Haitien the original capital of North Haiti. Eponymously, he named it Cap Henry.

Watch more beautiful pictures about Cap-Haitian

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Phoenix Stadium in Haiti, Plan for Haiti National soccer stadium revealed

New Haiti National Soccer Stadium Plam

The plans for a new national soccer stadium in Haiti, the Phoenix Stadium, is moving ahead and this is what the new stadium will look like when work is complete.

The project to build a new soccer stadium in Haiti has been in the making following the 2012 earthquake. Two principal actor in trying to give Haiti its first National soccer stadium are Boby Duval who is the founder and director of the Cité Soleil nonprofit L'Athlétique d'Haïti.

Based on the plan, the new Haiti National Soccer Stadium will include 12,000 seats. The Phoenix Stadium in Haiti will also include academy and community garden.

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Design of new Cathedral in Port-au-Prince revealed

New Cathedral in Port-au-Prince

We finally have a glace of what the Cathedral of Port-au-Prince that was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake will look like when it is finally built. What you are looking at is the first picture of the winning design that was submitted by Puerto Rican architect Segundo Cardona and team. The cathedral is an important symbol in Port-au-Prince.

According to the new design approved by a panel of six professionals at the University of Miami School of Architecture, Cathedral of Port-au-Prince building will be shaped in a circular form with retractable walls.

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Haiti to be the First with a Floating City

Haiti Floating City - The Canal

A plan to build a Floating city in Haiti is just a dream now. In a few years, this can become a reality.

Tangram 3DS, in collaboration with Boston Architect and Designer E. Kevin Schopfer want to create the first Floating City in Haiti, Harvest City. This Floating City is to be located off the shores of Haiti and provide agriculture and light industries to the residents.

This is Haiti's opportunity to take a giant step into the future

This is how the Floating City, Harvest City, on the coast of Haiti

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