There is an apparent need for research in urban planning and housing in disaster risk management and disaster recovery, especially as it relates to the inclusion of endogenous knowledge. The post-disaster recovery of Haiti following the 2010 earthquake demonstrates how the current post-disaster reconstruction process for housing is fundamentally flawed as it overlooks the imbedded knowledge of the affected population; emergency settlements remain for years following the disaster and endogenous social and cultural systems are not taken advantage of. There are potential solutions to mitigating vulnerability through traditional knowledge systems in underdeveloped societies. Generative strategies need to be applied for growth that allows for these systems to succeed. A traditional knowledge system of the Haitian Creole Culture, the , provides Haitian’s a sense of place and has proven resilient through the tumultuous history of Haiti.

The is the physical manifestation of human processes that have formed and adapted through generations. Known historically as an autonomous structure, the is a spatial manifestation of the familial social structure and takes the form of a courtyard or compound. The study shows the importance of the through the analysis of post-disaster temporary settlements, showing that through their own devices endogenous inhabitants bring the into post-disaster temporary settlements. The methodology was qualitative through interviews, observations, and site mapping of four separate self-settled post-disaster settlements. Qualitative coding was used to uncover the emergent themes. This study establishes the importance of the in community vibrancy and demonstrates how the adds to the resilience of the survivors living in such settlements. The unprecedented transformation of the from a kinship based settlement pattern to a more inclusive non-familial pattern points to the importance of this spatial and social manifestation in the development of community in a settlement. The study demonstrates not only the resilience of the but also the changing, inclusive nature of the system; knowledge that should be used to influence planning procedures in Haiti. This resiliency factor can potentially be used to turn a post-disaster settlement into a successful permanent settlement. Furthermore, the study can be helpful in understanding how to mitigate conflict between post-disaster settlements and their host community.