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Architecture charity to take on full scale of Katrina disaster

Architecture for Humanity, the international charity, has issued an update on its planned relief work, as the full scale of the Katrina Hurricane disaster becomes apparent.

The charity is determined to bring the unique skills of the local architectural community to bear on the housing crisis that founder Cameron Sinclair has described as unprecedented.

It has begun to mobilise these local architects and is hoping to coordinate their work in providing shelter.

The American Institute of Architects has also issued a call for volunteers to help with the massive clear-up operation.

'Our thoughts are with all those left stranded without food or water, those coping with the loss of loved ones and those left homeless by the disaster,' a statement said.

'Over the course of the next several weeks we will be evaluating ways that we can help locally based architects and community groups rebuild their homes and communities.

'Once the water has receded and people begin to make their way back to their communities, the disaster-affected areas will be facing a housing crisis on an unprecedented scale,' the statement added.

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by Ed Dorrell

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