Villa rosa: The Giant laboratory of smart-cities in Haiti


The Villa Rosa Taptap projects  acts as an experience center for large organizations and institutions, enabling them to fully understand the impact of exponential technology, art and entrepreneurship in a process of creating the first smart-city community for micro-entrepreneurs

The Villa Rosa Tap Tap project is an integrated urban development project that combines Reconstruction, art , technology and entrepreneurship with measures to increase the resilience of the neighbourhood. Cocread and Favela Painting foundation created a software for a virtual image for the painting design and the selection of colours for the houses targeted.

The district of Villa Rosa is a 16000 residents ( around 3200 households) counting area in Port-au-Prince. The area is filled with typical informal settlements, which means it is an area with poor quality housing, poverty, lack of water, electricity and waste disposal facilities, and a vulnerable area to disasters. It covers an area of about 500,000 square meters. The area has been developed gradually as an urban center over the past 30 years. The Villa Rosa area includes five large blocks. According to a research conducted in 2011 by Habitat for Humanity:

  • 52 % of the population are women, whilst girls under 18 years old represent 40 %;

  • 50 % of the population are below 35 years Old;

  • 69 % of the area above 20 degrees of slope;

  • 84 % of Villa Rosa’s households live in houses whose walls are made of concrete;

  • 75 % of these houses are covered with sheet metal and 74.7 % have their cement floor; and

In 2010, a major earthquake struck the area and a large part was completely destroyed. Since then, the residents, assisted by many international organizations, are slowly rebuilding their neighbourhood.

The position of this community along the main road to Pétion-ville, and its youthful energy makes Villa Rosa a perfect location with high visibility for a live true work of art ; Which is why local municipality, Favela Painting Foundation and COCREAD came together to explore creative ways to improve the living conditions of disaster- affected communities. By using the painting as a cherry on top of the reconstruction package, which includes livability, security and prosperity improvements in the whole area, this innovative approach was adopted from the feasibility study researches conducted in Haiti since 2010 (Slope instability hazard in Haiti; Emergency assessment for a safe reconstruction, World bank- Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), 2012). Research evidence suggests various and detailed indications for reconstruction activities, which align with municipality and the government approval.

In one year, the following results are achieved:

  • 11 houses have been retrofitted and painted for 99 directs residents

  • Safety and livability improved around 56 houses for 504 local residents with stairways, retaining walls built

  • Optimization of a coordinated preparedness and emergency response for 900 residents

  • Enhanced capacities of 50 children on basic DRR knowledge of local risks and disasters, first- aid, and painting

  • A pilot work of art design and painting applied to 11 houses

  • 20 painters receive vocational training and an income, and are able to continue independently after traineeships in the community; They just created a painting firm company which offer services of painting, design and preparation of wall advices to particulars and private companies; and

  • Handmade products reflecting  the urban development construction work process, art design and colors of the houses. 7 micro-entrepreneurs had increased their profit to 30% since six months, during a prototype phase.

The project is still ongoing and Cocread has been a grant of 40K from Hope for Haiti, to improve the business profit of the handmade products and develop a software, with interactive 3D feature,  which allows customers to purchase personalized handmade products online, using different models and the colours of the community project. The present fund will allow an increased revenue of 35 % for 21 micro-entrepreneurs in six months, and increase the monthly production of the sandals to 135 for 231 hours after training of trainer’s process, seed capitals and more business infrastructures.

Color your environment

%d bloggers like this: