group was familiarized in detail with the methodology and outcomes of the flood risk analysis, and serves as a continuing link between the research group and the ongoing flood risk management on site. Together with local leaders and a group of representatives from Camp Corail, a basic emergency management plan was elaborated. Possible communication methods vary from (mass) text messages, “tele-dyol” (word of mouth), and megaphone announcements to local radio station broadcasts carried out at the same time in order to reach the maximum number of people as fast as possible. Suitable emergency shelters were also sought, and their their fundamental requirements discussed, such as good construction quality, their location in “safe” zones, good accessibility, adequate size and use. Outlook Beside the community-based work, the results of the flood hazard analysis are constantly improved, re-modeled, and discussed with key actors within the Haitian government (Unit for Housing Construction and Public Buildings, National Center for Geospatial Information, Inter-ministerial Territorial Planning and Development Committee, Department of Civil Protection, and the Ministry of Environment), as well as with international aid and development agencies (Oxfam, ONU-Habitat, CordAid, American Red Cross). State of the art hydrological
Focus Area – Urban and Landscape Transformation
and hydraulic modeling, practice-oriented research and participatory action in the neighborhood of Onaville (Canaan, Haiti) that has been conducted by Master’s and PhD-students of the interdisciplinary research group reveals that – with very limited financial means – academic initiatives may contribute to a limited extent to community-building and in improving knowledge, democratic skills, hazard awareness, and neighborhood action. Also, students have proven to be in a promising position to fill the knowledge deficit in rapidly growing urbanizations, and for bridging the information gap between community, national, and international actors. After compiling planning-relevant flood risk modeling, and the first spatial and strategic protection measures and urban design proposals, the research group now plans to 1) communicate intermediate results to local, national, and international decision-makers planning investments and the integrative upgrading of Canaan, 2) communicate results and community-based improvement strategies to local leaders and residents, and 3) continue the development of integrative protection measures and sustainable urban development strategies.
Jahrbuch der Fakultät für Architektur, TUM mit einem Schwerpunkt auf Forschung und Entwicklung