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Bonneau PPS
The Marketplace


Bonneau, population of approximately 8,000, is located along the northwest coast of Haiti. A rural community, Bonneau is a small town with poor infrastructure, unstable housing structures, and little access to education and skills-based training. Residents must rely on small-scale subsistence agriculture, construction and domestic services for income generation. Only half of the children attend school, as tuition is too expensive. In addition, there is extensive deforestation, soil erosion and inadequate supplies of potable water in the region. Existing public spaces are run-down and inadequate for safe recreation and efficient economic use.


During the October 2010 site visit to Bonneau, KDI identified three locations within the town where a Productive Public Space (PPS) could provide a solution to community needs. KDI returned in June 2011 for a second week of community meetings and workshops to further define the Bonneau PPS.

Project Activities

KDI worked with a 75-person community group, Tête Ensemble–meaning Heads Together–to transform the town's existing open-air market into a PPS. KDI conducted community meetings and a participatory design charrette to determine the elements of the PPS. The existing market was small with little fresh produce or outside vendors. No access to seeds and little knowledge of agricultural growing practices, compounded by poor infrastructure and no refrigeration, contributed to residents' lack of food security. The Bonneau PPS revitalized and strengthened the market by improving the physical infrastructure, income-generating opportunities and areas for youth recreation. Physical infrastructure improvements included the construction of permanent market stalls, a refrigeration and storage depot, a small business office, a recreation area for children of sellers, and a community garden.



Existing Conditions

Marketplace Access

Infrastructure Conditions

Community Discussion

Community Workshop

Community Discussion

Community Workshop

Surveying the Marketplace

Community Workshop