As of January 2016, we are glad to introduce you to Starboard Architects. After over 40 years of practice, Joseph Tonetti has retired. Andrew Wright has reorganized the firm as Starboard Architect PC. The firm will continue to provide clients with the creative, thoughtful and skillful service.
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Construction Update | GHESKIO Family Health & Nutrition Center | PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI
Steel frame has been erected by Haitian work force, together with small American crew. Estimated Construction Completion: Fall 2014
GHESKIO & THE COMMUNITY SERVED:
The local community surrounding and served by GHESKIO consists of over 100,000 people living in slums and ‘tent cities’ on less than $1/day (as do ~56% of all Haitians). Malnutrition is widespread: Haiti’s malnutrition rates are among the world’s highest. One-third of Haitian children under age five are severely malnourished, and 40% suffer from anemia.
Since 1982, in partnership with the Haitian Government and Cornell University, GHESKIO has been offering free health care, including HIV counseling, AIDS care, prenatal care, and management of tuberculosis and sexually transmitted infections, and conducts research and training in HIV/AIDS and related diseases. In 2000, the Haitian government named GHESKIO a “Public Utility”, a designation reserved for institutions, which are ‘essential to welfare of the Haitian people’. In 2010, GHESKIO was awarded the Bill and Melinda Gates Award for Global Health for its outstanding contributions to the global health field.
Since the earthquake in January 2010 GHESKIO has expanded its mission to also provide comprehensive health care and community services, including reproductive health care, clean water, sanitation, food, security, education and social services.
GHESKIO FAMILY HEALTH & NUTRITION CENTER:
The new Family Health & Nutrition Center, designed by NYC-based firm Tonetti Associates Architects, represents GHESKIO’s new, comprehensive approach to nutrition, clinical care and community development. The design takes into account the many challenges of building in Haiti, while reflecting the purpose and program of the facility. Tonetti Associates Architects investigated sustainable and durable structural systems that can be constructed by a relatively unskilled local work force and chose cold rolled steel frame, which is lighter and resists lateral loads better than concrete frames. Steel frame has been fabricated by Blue Sky Building Systems (http://blueskybuildingsystems.com).
Funding: MAC Aids Foundation grant and private donations. Fundraising still in process to complete construction. Weill Cornell Medical College, a 501(c)(3) organization and partner of GHESKIO since its inception, receives donations.
At a time when architects were still in thrall to blank-slate urban renewal, Ms. Huxtable championed preservation — not because old buildings were quaint, or even necessarily historical landmarks, but because they contributed vitally to the cityscape.
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Our architectural design approach is rooted in profound respect for the natural environment and the efficient use of resources. TAA designed the first passive solar building, commissioned by the State of New York in 1982 – the Mid Hudson Activity Center. We have designed numerous additional sustainable buildings, such as the Hackettstown Fish Hatchery and the Mars Education Center at Fort Ticonderoga (LEED accredited). Our staff includes LEED certified professionals.
TAA just completed full interior and exterior modernization of PS 132 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, winning the approval of the New York State Historic Preservation Office. In this major renovation we restored the building facade, designed a playground, addressed curriculum concerns and security issues. With new roof insulation and total window replacement, we are anticipating that the energy use in the building will be reduced by 30%. — with Andrew Wright at PS132, Brooklyn.
Beyond South Florida, Clemence has registered relevant modern and contemporary buildings all over the world, from the geometric lines of Mies van der Rohe to the expressionistic abstraction of Frank Gehry, all caught in film, making the often silent art of architecture properly heard. View here.
Photograph of dancers: Jean Claude Coutausse Photography
The drums grip the heart
The dust leaps with the bass
The fleshy bees sway
The balcony heaves with the passion
The prostitutes glide and clatter
The suits come and go
The do-gooders huddle in the corner
While aid workers hold down the center tables
The Haitians dressed to kill – no that has passed
And Graham’s extras totter in the shadows
I sleep in the annex
Sliding down the hill
– Andrew B. Wright
The Hotel Oloffson is an inn in central Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The main structure of the hotel is a 19th century Gothic gingerbread mansion set in a lush tropical garden. The mansion was built as a residence for the powerful Sam family, including two former presidents of Haiti. The hotel was the real-life inspiration for the fictional Hotel Trianon in Graham Greene‘s famous 1966 novel The Comedians. During the 1970s and early 1980s, the hotel enjoyed a brief period of fame and good fortune. Celebrities such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Mick Jagger were regular guests. Throughout the political upheaval of Haiti in the 1990s, the hotel has been the regular performance venue of the mizik rasin band, RAM, famous for their protest music during the Raoul Cédras military dictatorship from 1991 to 1994. Their Thursday evening performances at the hotel became one of the few regular social events in Port-au-Prince in which individuals of various political positions and allegiances could congregate. Regular attendees of the performances included foreign guests at the hotel, members of the military, paramilitary attachés and former Tonton Macoutes, members of the press, diplomats, foreign aid workers, artists, and businessmen.