The Harvest City, light alternative to Haiti’s urban development crisis designed by Ahearn Schopfer is located in Port au Prince. The four major canals will focus on built neighbourhoods consisting of four story housing complexes. The outer perimeter of the design is predominately ‘one acre’ crop circles with secondary feeder canals whilst the inner ‘harbour’ will house the city centre with schools, administrative facilities, community activities and general marketplace. The entire complex will float and be cable-secured to the sea bed.
Because of its low profile, low draft dead weight capacity and perimeter wave attenuators, the designer suggests that hurricanes and typhoon will have little effect other than collection of much needed water harvesting. A breakwater will be constructed to add to the city’s stability. (It should be noted, this proposal suggests using all the concrete rubble debris from the earthquake as the breakwater filler.)