Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Flickr.
Notre Dame de l’Assomption as it was on that first Sunday after the earthquake. Mass was held on the side street just behind this cracked transept. The upper part of this wall was taken down not long afterward, to keep it from falling on the rubble or any survivors.
Nearly three years later, plans for its reconstruction are finally getting a start. A six-member panel led by the dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture met this week in Coral Gables to choose the winner of a design competition that sought ideas for rebuilding the cathedral.
Meanwhile, Episcopal Church officials have selected a Virginia-based architectural firm to design a new Holy Trinity Cathedral. Its design will incorporate three murals painted by Haitian artists to include Haitian people in biblical stories. Holy Trinity was renowned for its 14 murals, but 11 were lost in the quake.
UPDATE: A Puerto Rican architect has won the Notre Dame design competition.

Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Flickr.

Notre Dame de l’Assomption as it was on that first Sunday after the earthquake. Mass was held on the side street just behind this cracked transept. The upper part of this wall was taken down not long afterward, to keep it from falling on the rubble or any survivors.

Nearly three years later, plans for its reconstruction are finally getting a start. A six-member panel led by the dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture met this week in Coral Gables to choose the winner of a design competition that sought ideas for rebuilding the cathedral.

Meanwhile, Episcopal Church officials have selected a Virginia-based architectural firm to design a new Holy Trinity Cathedral. Its design will incorporate three murals painted by Haitian artists to include Haitian people in biblical stories. Holy Trinity was renowned for its 14 murals, but 11 were lost in the quake.

UPDATE: A Puerto Rican architect has won the Notre Dame design competition.

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theatlantic:

Disaster History, Brought to You By Google

The project, “Memories for the Future,” began with a team from Google Streetview compiling a set of before-and-after panoramas of the region’s street network. Now, with demolition imminent, Google has begun constructing three-dimensional interior maps of dozens of public buildings as well. Like Streetview, they are freely navigable.

[…] The scenes are strange, sad, sometimes beautiful. In Rikuzentataka’s Municipal Kesen Elementary School, flooded by a surge in the Kesen River, children’s toys lie scattered in the rubble. On the first floor of the Rikizentakata City Office, where the carcass of a silver car has come to rest, a purple vase sits boldly on a ledge.

Read more. [Images: GoogleMaps]

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North Miami Beach, Florida on Flickr.

(AP) — Haiti is building homes, creating jobs and putting kids in school three years after a catastrophic earthquake devastated the country, according to its president, who addressed South Florida’s Haitian-American community Monday.
President Michel Martelly sought to encourage potential investors that Haiti was making progress in building homes for residents displaced by the catastrophic 2010 earthquake. He also said the country is increasing educational opportunities for children, updating infrastructure and creating jobs.
Haitian-Americans can’t vote but they can invest in business and tourism projects in the Caribbean country.

North Miami Beach, Florida on Flickr.

(AP) — Haiti is building homes, creating jobs and putting kids in school three years after a catastrophic earthquake devastated the country, according to its president, who addressed South Florida’s Haitian-American community Monday.

President Michel Martelly sought to encourage potential investors that Haiti was making progress in building homes for residents displaced by the catastrophic 2010 earthquake. He also said the country is increasing educational opportunities for children, updating infrastructure and creating jobs.

Haitian-Americans can’t vote but they can invest in business and tourism projects in the Caribbean country.

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Miami, Florida on Flickr. A muralist in Miami’s Little Haiti gave Wyclef Jean a presidential look.

(AP) _ Anyone who needs to catch up with hip-hop star Wyclef Jean just has to refresh his Twitter feed."You know I’m direct about everything," says Jean, 42.Some things need more than a tweet to explain, though, so Jean has written an autobiography, “Purpose” (It Books), on sale Tuesday, that explores his political, financial and personal turmoil, including an extramarital affair with fellow Fugee Lauryn Hill.

Here’s my Q&A with Wyclef and a review of “Purpose.”

Miami, Florida on Flickr. A muralist in Miami’s Little Haiti gave Wyclef Jean a presidential look.

(AP) _ Anyone who needs to catch up with hip-hop star Wyclef Jean just has to refresh his Twitter feed.

"You know I’m direct about everything," says Jean, 42.

Some things need more than a tweet to explain, though, so Jean has written an autobiography, “Purpose” (It Books), on sale Tuesday, that explores his political, financial and personal turmoil, including an extramarital affair with fellow Fugee Lauryn Hill.

Here’s my Q&A with Wyclef and a review of “Purpose.”

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I tell my dancers, when you go on stage, if you are beautiful they will just say that you are beautiful. They won’t say, ‘You are the most beautiful dancers of the poorest country in the hemisphere.’ If you’re good, you’re good - that’s the chance we have as artists.

Choreographer Jeanguy Saintus sustained his modern dance company, Ayikodans, in Haiti for more than 20 years before almost losing everything in the 2010 earthquake. Through a fundraising rally last year by the Arsht Center in Miami, Ayikodans has survived and returns for two sold-out performances this weekend.

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Jan. 12: An Evening of Remembrance at the Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami. 1 guy in the documentary, Aaron Jackson, and 1 of the filmmakers, Jon Bougher, keep popping up on AP wires. The University of Florida tried to block Bougher and his co-filmmaker from finishing their thesis project after the school banned post-earthquake student trips to Haiti. The fillmmakers went anyway, using private equipment and funding.

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