The purpose of the Design Ideas Competition is to enable the realisation of a new music studio in Cite Soleil, Haiti, for Wyclef Jean’s Charity Yele Haiti. This competition is being organised by RIBA Competitions and is supported and sponsored by John McAslan + Partners and Allied London.
Haiti is one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere, with many of Haiti’s 8 million residents living on less than US$1 per day. Unemployment is close to 80 percent, and more than half the population is under 21 years old.
Yele Haiti was founded by Haitian-born, Grammy-Award winning musician and record producer Wyclef Jean, formerly of The Fugees. Yele Haiti is a grassroots movement which aims to raise global awareness for Haiti and transform the country through the regeneration of forgotten neighbourhoods and programmes in education, sports, the arts and environment. As Goodwill Ambassador to Haiti, Jean’s enduring passion is to help his country’s youthful population to rebuild their nation.
The music studio will combine recording of music and radio programming with vocational training, micro-enterprise opportunities and job creation for at-risk youth in the area. The studio is a joint venture between Yele Haiti, Sak Pase Records (Wyclef Jean’s own record label) and Radio Boukman, a popular community radio station in Cite Soleil that shares a boundary with the site.
Wyclef Jean said, “Music is what I live, breathe and sleep. Where I come from, music is not just notes. It is a way of survival. That’s how important the Yele Music Studio is. Building this project in Cite Soleil is a matter of life and death.”
John McAslan said, “My ambition is that young architects from around the world will be inspired to create some fantastic designs for the music studio and by doing so, help build a better future for the young people of Cite Soleil.”
Register by: 03-09-2010 / Submit by: 03-12-2010