New housing for Haiti
To tie in with a prototype housing expo in October, the Haitian government has launched a competition to help with the rebuilding programme in Haiti
Designers, architects, contractors, consultants and suppliers are encouraged to get involved with the development of alternative forms of permanent housing. Architect John McAslan is closely involved with the expo, and with Arup has already come up with a fast-build prototype home which costs only £3K. The expo will serve as a testing ground for designs with an exemplar housing settlement to follow shortly after.
The deadline for the first stage of responses is 28 June 2010.
Client contact details:
Requests for Proposal should be directed to Claire McKeown at Malcolm Reading Consultants:
Malcolm Reading Consultants
45-46 Berners Street
London W1T 3NE
T +44 (0)20 7637 2502
The Haiti earthquake struck on January 12, 2010, centering to the south-west of the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince. The earthquake fractured the island nation, and its national, regional and local systems at all levels.
Beyond the enormous and tragic loss of life, which is estimated at over 230,000; the greatest impact of the earthquake was to Port-au-Prince’s residential infrastructure. In excess of 100,000 homes were destroyed and 200,000 homes damaged in the earthquake. 1,500 schools and health centers also collapsed and many of the capital’s Governmental and commercial buildings were ruined or rendered unusable.
The earthquake has created 1.3 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) with at least 500-700,000 Haitians living in 600 known sites within Port-au-Prince. Another 90-110,000 have found shelter with friends or family in the city or elsewhere.
Many homes that were not completely destroyed were made uninhabitable, with some of the most damaged neighborhoods located in the densely developed inner-city areas. The financial cost of the earthquake’s damage has been conservatively set at US$10 billion, with housing damage making up 40% of this figure. It is estimated it will take at least 10 years for the country to recover.
The immediate disaster-relief effort has delivered and erected tents and other forms of emergency shelter from a wide variety of sources. The ‘on-going rainy season’ is driving the current focus of encouraging families to return to their own homes once they have been assessed, and the provision of transitional shelter to bridge the gap until permanent housing can be built, whilst simultaneously prioritizing reconstructions. This presents not only a huge logistical challenge but also a unique opportunity to make vital advancements to Haiti’s social and economic infrastructure.
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