Organised by the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
‘The ti kai works with the hurricane, it allows the hurricane to be’ - Olive Bell, Dominican Architect.
Chair: Oscar Webber (CLACS, IMLR)
Adom Philogene Heron (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Marica Honychurch (Photographer and President of Dominican Society for Heritage, Architectural, Preservation and Enhancement)
Jeanne Royer (Dominican architecture student)
Polly Patullo (Author, publisher, and co-founder of Papillote Press)
Waitikubuli, ‘tall is her body’ (the name given to Dominica by its indigenous Kalinago inhabitants) is the most mountainous of the Antilles. Home to nine active volcanoes, positioned in the path of Atlantic hurricanes, prone to landslides and riverine flooding, the island’s people face an array of environmental hazards. Yet the ti kai, with its careful orientation, steep pitched roof, mortise and tenon fused hardwood frame, protective shingles and high stone foundation, works with the hurricane; some standing for over 100 years, they have endured many storms. In September 2017, when category-5 Hurricane Maria made landfall - the latest in a long history of storms to hit Dominica - homes were destroyed by 165mph winds and raging flood waters. Yet, after Maria, a remarkable number of wooden ti kais remained standing, structurally intact, whilst larger, newer and seemingly stronger concrete structures sat nearby, windowless and roofless. However, in the five years since Maria many have been intentionally destroyed, replaced by concrete structures and visions of ‘resilience’.
This seminar introduces the genius and craft that exemplify these environmentally adapted homes, it tells the stories of those that inhabit them and presents a case for ensuring their 21st-century survival.
All are welcome to attend this free workshop starting at 4pm BST, which will be held online via zoom. You will need to register in advance to receive the online joining link. Please click on the Book Now button below to register.
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