Helping Haiti

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It has been reported that 3 million people (about a third of ’s population) have been affected by the recent earthquake.  With that number expected to climb as the days progress, the number of casualties will be somewhere nearing 50,000.  Many countries are supplying immediate help as millions of dollars, and tons of food, water and medical supplies are rapidly being delivered to the small country.

It is important that as the weeks and the months pass, we continue to think about how we can get involved and help.  Organizations such as Architecture for Humanity have already brainstormed ideas and developed a timeline which outlines their relief strategy.  There is little doubt that Habitat for Humanity will be bringing teams of volunteers to help rebuild.

As architects, but also as people, we have the power to drastically improve the situation.  Our thoughts will continue to be with Haiti during these times and we should try to supply any kind of assistance in the next few days, weeks, months and years.

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Helping Haiti" 15 Jan 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 18 Sep 2014. <>


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    I think as architects we could be of a lot of help. Right now they have basic needs, but in the near future, housing will be one of their biggest. I think we could do proposals as they did in Colombia when a terrible earthquake stroke the coffe states of Quindio and Risaralda. Contests for social housing that involve new techniques, good price, and mean better quality of living for them. We have to use this opportunity to bring them hope and happiness.

    I am an architect from Huatulco, Mexico and will be glad to make a proposal.

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      Not sure if architects can bring them hope and happiness… Maybe politicians and clowns can, but architects???

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        Yes of course architects can help, bring hope and happiness.
        Have you never laughed, cried, despaired, or been given hope by watching films?
        architecture plays the same role, or should it be the other way around; we don’t live in reality but in fiction. The burden of their current reality can be changed, the future reality of the people of haiti can be built with architects- lets hope the right ones and not politicians or clowns.

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