Who We Are
S.H.A.P.E.'s primary objectives were always to raise public awareness and appreciation of Dominica's Architectural Heritage through a range of activities including defining Preservation Zones, listing Historic Properties, developing tours, selling promotional merchandise and hosting various promotional events. The desired list is longer than the actual one due to limited manpower and financial resources.
In 2004, SHAPE decided to broaden its scope slightly by changing the 'H' from Historic to 'Heritage'. This emphasizes the architecture as the backdrop or context for all other cultural experiences and includes a wider range of activities such as Agro-processing and Carnival Arts.
On March 1, 2005, SHAPE embarked on an Institutional Strengthening Programme (ISP) in partnership with DHTA (Dominica's Hotel & Tourism Association) towards the inclusion of cultural heritage into the eco-tourism product. This is thanks to the European Union who is channeling millions of dollars into Dominica's Eco-tourism industry and saw the relevance and importance of these two organizations.
Objectives & Goals
To secure, promote, protect and enhance the architectural integrity of the Commonwealth of Dominica,
To persuade, encourage and assist the government to:
To assist in the preparation of development plans for areas both within and outside the limits of the proposed Historic District of Roseau,
To collaborate, affiliate or otherwise consult with any other National or International groups or individuals having similar objectives,
To provide consultancy services of the development and design of caribbean and Indigenous Architecture, furnishings and fittings and traditional construction methods,
To research and compile architectural data to facilitate the society's objectives,
To organise public awareness campaigns as well as solicit subscriptions, donations and raise funds through bequests, leases, property management and sales.
Meet the people behind S.H.A.P.E.
At the AGM of 9th November 2006, the following were elected:
President - Ron Severin
Vice President - J. Grimner
Treasurer - Sarah Slanetz
Programme Officer - Ezra Blondel (acting
for Elise Johnston-Agar until end March 2007)
SHAPE has been increasingly contacted for submissions to magazines.
Articles have been published in the following:
Dominica's Carnegie Library; DOMNITJEN magazine - June/July/Aug 2006, p.20-21.
Why SHAPE? Architecture as Culture; D-ECO, the Eco Magazine of Dominica - #2 Jan-Jun 2006, p. 14-15.
SHAPE - Preserving Dominica's Architecture; DOMNITJEN Magazine - Sept/Oct/Nov 2005, p.19.
COMOS Dec. 2005
Safe Haven Real Estate - October 2005.
Destination Dominica - September 2005.
Liat Islander Magazine - Issue 49.
MACO - Spring 2003.
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