Recent Publications

Tracing a Plan in Kreyòl

Writer and literary critic Édouard Glissant described creolization as an open process with unfixed outcomes, characterized by a dialectic between oral and written discourses. Kreyòl architecture, like that of a house in Leyogàn, results from such a dialectic process. In the narrative to follow, dialogue and images are transmitted through the hand-drawn plan into a Kreyòl architecture resultant from transnational encounters of people, technology, and media. 

Of Migration, CCA ︎︎

Damage & Repair: Imagining collective dwelling in rural Haiti

In 1994 the Haitian urbanism research group Centre de recherches urbaines-travaux(CRUT) visualized a collective form to resist the oppressive structures of a neoliberal world order. The Workers Repatriation Center of Haiti (WRCH) proposed by CRUT centered the communal relationships between people and homeland, which are a profound aspect of Haitian identity demonstrated in the history of the lakou system.

Thresholds Journal ︎︎

Recent Events

September 24, 2021:
Translating Haiti: On the Academic Job Market

The second event in the Emerging Scholars’ Translating Haiti mentorship series, this event featured a conversation among recently hired scholars from various disciplines and backgrounds discussing how they translated their Haitian studies research for the job market. 

April 14, 2021:
Rasanblaj as Methodology: Investigating Kreyòl architectures 

On the “Rethinking Evidence” panel at the Society for Architectural Historians virtual conference, presented a paper reflecting on the implications and challenges of using rasanblaj as a methodology for researching the social practice of architecture.

SAH Conference︎︎

February 5, 2020:
Dismantling Functioning Definitions of an Architect + Planner

Kicking off Black History Month activities, NOMAS, DEI, and UPSA at Taubman College have organized a presentation and discussion about the historic exclusion of Black architects and urban planners from visibility in our professions. What are new and more inclusive definitions of practice that will accommodate greater diversity in architecture and planning?

February 1, 2020:
Interlude | Conversation with Saskia Sassen, Utopia vs. the City P+ARG Biennial Conference

Eric Bettis (Urban Planning) and Irene Brisson (Architecture) facilitated a roundtable conversation with Planning & Architecture Research Group conference keynote speaker, Saskia Sassen, and conference participants about emergent themes and questions.

P+ARG Conference ︎︎