AN ARCHITECTURAL MANIFESTO FOR A SOCIETY RIPPED AT ITS SEAMS

This design marks a new beginning for Haiti by providing an architectural prototype which acts as an example of how other buildings can be built using the same technology, techniques and materials. Its cheap, speedy and simple construction can therefore quickly provide new buildings, homes and communities that are desperately needed. Currently, thousands of people lack shelter for protection from the elements. The design provides structurally sound buildings which are resistant to earthquakes, hurricanes and the other natural disasters that Haiti suffers from.

The architecture works as a ‘second skin’. The envelope of the building is formed of integrated systems which address the basic human needs of the people inhabiting it. These systems use low-tech, sustainable technology to provide clean water sewage management, natural ventilation and potentially provide electricity and the ability to grow food.

The construction aims, as much as possible, to use materials immediately available in Haiti. These materials include waste found in the slum and the nearby landfill, such as tin cans and plastic bottles, the rubble of collapsed buildings and the materials included in the aid which is subsequently flooding into the country. The way in which these materials are used focuses on re-use rather than recycling. So that as little energy or equipment as possible is necessary in their use and nothing is wasted.

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