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.