Cahiers des Amériques Latines (Sep 2014)

Port-au-Prince : un « projectorat » haïtien ou l’urbanisme de projets humanitaires en question

  • Marie Lombart,
  • Kevin Pierrat,
  • Marie Redon

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 75
pp. 97 – 124


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The diffusion of the “sustainable city” concept is supposed to incite the various relevant actors to act in a concerted way at every stage of urban production: from conception to maintenance including management. But in Port-au-Prince, global working is hampered by spatial division and temporal discontinuities, especially since January 2010’s earthquake. Humanitarian action and its “projects-type” organisation seem to unintentionally accentuate urban splitting and dissonance and, beyond, to further put into question the State of Haiti's authority. This article relies on both research work and field surveys carried out in 2013 in the Haitian capital, more specifically in the waste management and electricity sectors. This reflection falls within research about “projects-type” organisation's impacts on societies, in the perspective of Antonio Rodríguez-Carmona’s writings about Buenos Aires, which show how those impacts combine with external domination caused by international aid and financing, hence the neologism of “projectorate”.