Reconstructing the Batey: Designing the Heart of the Home and the Community: Barahona, Dominican Republic
Orizondo Castro, Gabriela Maria
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M. Arch.) -- Architecture
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Architecture
Includes bibliographical references (pages 145-147).
"The sugar cane industry has always been a great source of work and income for the Dominican Republic. When the United States occupied Dominican Republic in the early 1900’s they appropriated most of the sugar cane land plots and brought thousands of Haitians to work the land. The plantation landowners were responsible for providing living accommodations for the migrant workers to live in. The sugar companies developed barrack style rural communities around the sugar cane industry today called Bateyes. Even though many sugar cane plantations have disappeared, Batey communities have remained and are today composed of both Haitian and Dominican families. Unfortunately, though the country has prospered, these communities have not been able to thrive alongside and are among the poorest communities in the country....This study will focus on evaluating the living conditions in Batey Milton and proposing a solution that will encourage the people to increase their standard of living and longevity of buildings through suitable construction methods. Improvements in current housing situations will raise the living conditions in the Batey. The study intends to provide design options for the people in Batey Milton as well as a home that will prosper along with them. By designing and teaching about safe, sustainable and stable architecture, the people will have a home that becomes a strong foundation both emotional and structural. Educating the community in good design and construction will trigger a movement that will eventually improve the conditions of the whole community and surrounding Bateyes."
Keywords: Barahona, Dominican Republic, home, construction, design-build, batey, poverty, community
CHAIR: Huang, Hsu-Jen
PDF (148 pages): illustrations (chiefly color), maps, plans
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