Empowerment Model for Post-Earthquake Reconstruction of Urban Housing in Haiti

Master's Thesis


For the first time in human history, the majority of the world?s population lives in urban areas and of the 15 most populated cities, 11 are located in developing countries. This trend towards urbanization in the developing world is creating massive vulnerabilities to natural hazards, especially in housing, something that was tragically demonstrated in the 2010 Haiti Earthquake. This thesis offers a novel framework for post-quake residential construction in the developing world, which extends beyond engineering, and into financial, capacity, and cultural constraints. The ultimate goal is to establish sustainable solutions through the empowerment of local populations. This thesis also details a case study in the implementation of the framework in Haiti, which results in a paradigm shift from traditional masonry construction to a frame and panel system. The latter half of the thesis details the design of the new system, as well as constructability issues in urban Haiti.


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  • etd-12232013-105531

Author Dustin Mix
Advisor Tracy Kijewski-Correa
Contributor Alexandros Taflanidis, Committee Co-Chair
Contributor Tracy Kijewski-Correa, Committee Co-Chair
Contributor George Mavroeidis, Committee Member
Degree Level Master's Thesis
Degree Discipline Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences
Degree Name Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Defense Date
  • 2013-09-27

Submission Date 2013-12-23
  • United States of America

  • Haiti

  • housing

  • international development

  • engineering

  • University of Notre Dame

  • English

Access Rights Open Access
Content License
  • All rights reserved

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