If you have a chance to leaf though the presentation of the Plan Historique de la Récupération de Port-au-Prince on the blog post below, do so! It is fascinating.I hope to be able to obtain a video of the final presention so any intersted people at BAR Architects can reveiw it. It was impressive how much research and work the Prince’s Foundation and Duany Plater-Zyberk did in such a short time, and Andreas Duany is a master presenter. He was able to make the complexity of the proposal clear, and inject some humor as well. I jotted down a few of the things he said, see below.
"This is a fantastic chance to go straight to the future"
"To pretend this is Paris and put trees in everywhere would be ridiculous. It has been observed that you cut down your trees, so no trees are proposed for the street—only on private property"
"Every piece of public space in Port-au-Prince is out of control. You can see it and it is true"
"You think of Paris too much. you have overthrown the French but you still love them"
"You have a vitality, but you have no urbanism. By the way, some people like it like that"
"You have a traffic problem, but it has created the highest level of driving skill seen outside of India, and they are good drivers"