House Louisiana was a three month building project that changed the lives of a family in Cormiers, Haiti through social impact architecture and sustainable home design. Led by New York artist SWOON and headed by the Heliotrope Foundation and Oficina, the house was constructed for Mama Louisiana and her extended family, one of the many families to lose their home during the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti. The House Louisiana project, at its completion, is considered a high— quality, sustainable piece of architecture and a communal work of art that deeply affected the community of Cormiers.
Below is a Q&A with House Louisiana project co-leaders, Joana Torres and Caledonia Curry(SWOON).
Tell us about Mama Louisiana and her family
After successfully funding the kickstarter for the Louisiana house, how were monies utilized in developing and executing this project?
Inclusion of local community is so important in the realization of influential projects such as the Louisiana House. How did this experience change your views on community and development?
Tell us a little about your approach to building these sustainable homes, primarily using bamboo.
Through working with The Heliotrope Foundation, what connections have you identified between arts and culture and community development?
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