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Article 25 calls on architects to aid survivors of Haiti Earthquake

Architectural aid relief charity Article 25 has called on architects to help with the relief effort in Haiti following the massive earthquake that struck the Caribbean nation last night (12 January)

The exact scale of the quake’s damage, which hit 15km south west of the island’s capital city Port-au-Prince, is not known but it is thought the death toll could be in the thousands.

Stephanie Johnston of Article 25 said: ‘Amid the chaos and confusion in the immediate aftermath of such a large-scale natural disaster, the importance of architectural expertise in the reconstruction effort will play a vital role in the coming months.

‘[We] fully support the international community and aid organisations in their pledges to help Haiti recover after this catastrophic event.’

‘As the recovery process moves forward into more long-term development, the invaluable skills of the built environment play a crucial role in delivering safe, sound, innovative design solutions to alleviate the extreme distress caused by losing one’s home and livelihood.’

Responding to the news, John McAslan, who is currently working on a number of projects in the poverty stricken country, said: ‘This is an unimaginable tragedy for a beautiful, but ravaged country.’

After the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, Article 25 helped to build seismically-resistant housing (pictured) in the area.

Article 25 was founded by former RIBA president and Archial director Maxwell Hutchinson in response to his first hand experience of the 2004 boxing day tsunami.

Readers' comments (13)

  • we are an Architectural company that would like to help and are located in the US Virgin Islands. Who can I get in touch with

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  • I am an architectural graduate student in New York and would like to know how I can help...Amanda

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  • Our Architectural company would be interested in helping the relief effort in Haiti. Who can we get in touch with?

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  • French speaking architect with US based practice would like to help. Who do I contact?

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  • Back in the early 90's I donated some design time to Habitat for Humanity in Pensacola, Florida. I believe the contact person at that time was Betty Salter.

    You are welcome to use those designs for this project. These designs should be redrafted to included seismic considerations, and other considerations local to Haiti, by someone licensed to create residential construction documents in Haiti. Their email address is info@PensacolaHabitat.org

    If you have any difficulty in acquiring those designs, I have numerous sketches that I will be happy to fax or scan and send by email. I can be reached at ESylviaArchitect@aol.com. My sketches should be converted into buildable design drawings by someone licensed to create residential construction documents in Haiti.

    Due to the current economic situation, I cannot produce any new designs at this time. However the situation regarding Haiti will be in my prayers.


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  • Article 25 hyperlink in the article gives contact details as:

    13-19 Curtain Rd, London, EC2A 3LU
    Tel: +44 (0)20 7375 0144

    Email a senior staff member directly: info@article-25.org

    As it is they who are asking suggest that this is the first contact point for those wanting to help.

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  • Charles Roig

    I just patented (pending) a design for a tornado/hurricane/earthquake proof housing module. Who can we contact? the module info can be found at www.roigassociates.com/roigstrongbox.html

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  • We are an architectural firm in Orlando Florida. What can we do to help? Who do we contact?

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  • We are an architectural firm in Orlando Florida. What can we do to help? www.designersarch.com
    designersarch@aol.com

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  • I am an architect very experienced with housing and commuity design and Construction. I want to help. How can I?

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  • Unless you're an emergency worker the best form of help at the moment is to stay away and donate to someone like https://www.redcross.org.uk/emergencysite/campaign.aspx?id=88917.

    When the re-building of the infrastructure and communities starts THEN our skills will be of best use. Good luck to all involved.

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  • i am a designer and draftsman in canada
    I would like to help out with aid to Haiti if you require any assistance in the smallest way I am available
    john.pinkney@rogers.com

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  • Michael McLean

    I'm a registered architect in Colorado. My first language is french. How can I help?

    Michael McLean, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
    http://www.mcleanarch.com

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