Join us for a seminar by David Smith, our guest from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, as he present his work on urban resilience in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

The research develops a systemic understanding of marketplaces and questions means to build on them to strengthen urban resilience.

It studies the way three marketplaces in Port-au-Prince Haiti function, have evolved and have faced significant shocks in the last decade.

This portrayal, from a small scale of a market vendor to the position of the marketplace in the urban petty trade system, is used on one hand to assess the resilience of these markets and on the other to reflect on the very concept of urban resilience.

David is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He is licensed architect in Canada (OAQ) and graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a Masters in Development and Emergency Practice. His MA thesis was shortlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architects President’s Award for Research in 2012.


RMIT University, Building 13 Level 4, Room 2, Boardroom


Friday 15 July, 12.30pm to 1.30pm