March 6, 2012
Our participation in TEDActive and coverage of the TED Conference last week led us to miss several news items last week, so we’re playing catch-up a bit. One of those was the opening of a new classroom building for the Collège Mixte Le Bon Berger, Montrouis, in Port au Prince, Haiti. With its colorful shade system and banisters, this beautiful, simple project represents a partnership of Architecture For Humanity, The Stiller Foundation, and Students Rebuild. Click here for more information and images.
Architecture for Humanity has also issued an appeal for both donations and volunteers to aid in recovery efforts following the devastating string of tornadoes that pummeled the Midwest over the past week.
January 13, 2012
Architecture for Humanity co-founders Kate Stohr & Cameron Sinclair took to The Huffington Post to share “The Good News” on Haiti’s recovery and rebuilding. Countering what is predominantly negative and skeptical media coverage, Stohr and Sinclair suggest much cause for hope–offering “ten reasons why we should double down and renew our commitment to Haiti in 2012.”
To be clear, Haiti has many hurdles still to overcome. Camps are on the edge of becoming permanent settlements. North of Port-au-Prince an area that was a greenfield and primed for development prior to the earthquake is now de facto home to some 10,000 displaced families. [President] Martelly has dismantled some of the more prominent camps in Port-au-Prince’s downtown area, but a housing crisis looms as little has been done to address the supply of housing. In an effort to encourage equity and economic development, international donors have focused on homeownership. In Haiti, rental housing (with strong regulation) is more likely to deliver the needed short-term supply of more than 100,000 units.
Click here to read the complete article. Caption: The photo above pictures the Ceverine School, located outside Maissade, Artibonite, Haiti, the result of a partnership between AFH, The Stiller Foundation, and Save the Children.