the world's most visited architecture website

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects


Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.


Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »


All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.


Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Articles
  3. Shelter for Haiti / Andres Duany

Shelter for Haiti / Andres Duany

Shelter for Haiti / Andres Duany

In just a short period of time since the earthquake hit Haiti, designers have been proposing possible housing solutions for the country. We will share a variety of these housing schemes with you throughout the week, with the hope that they will encourage more people to get involved to help not only Haiti, but also Chile. The first proposal is designed by Andres Duany, a Miami architect. Duany, with the help of sociologists and anthropologists, has designed four different versions of a temporary structure to relieve the urgent need for housing in Haiti. The differences in the homes respond to the varying ways Haitians live, so that each home is tailored to their specific needs.

More about the houses after the break.

Innovida, a composite panel manufacturer, has teamed with Duany, and has announced that they will donate 1000 of these homes to Haiti. Innovida imagines that factory to build such houses could be located near Port-au-Prince-providing work for close to 1000 Haitians. With $15 million in investment capital, the proposed factory should produce 10,000 houses per year.

One of the models, entitled Le Cabanon homes, is a simple structures that can sleep 8 people in an open floor plan with bunk beds. The construction would only take a few days, and the structure is earthquake proof and will withstand 155mph winds.  The units do not have a bathroom, as it is expected that water will not be available in many areas to use for a toilet.

A shared feature of the four designs is their insulating panel system which would be made from materials commonly found in the aviation and windmill industries.  The load bearing systems will have structural skins made of high-strength E-Glass fiber fabrics impregnated with a fire-resistant polymeric epoxy resin and a core made of a construction foam material and would be good for the conditions in Haiti, because they resist moisture, mold, and insects.

It is interesting that the initial idea of the homes was just to serve as a temporary structure. If the materials, especially the panel system, is so well suited for the conditions in Haiti, why not make the structures permanent? If we learned anything from the most recent disaster in Chile, we should take away the fact that the strict building codes of the country truly saved people’s lives.  With that in mind, shouldn’t we be trying to design such structures for Haiti that will serve as a long term solution?

While the government has not yet made any decision about the proposals from Innovida, or from the other companies offering shelter options, hopefully by pooling these ideas together we can find the best solution.

As seen on Inhabitat.

View the complete gallery

About this author
Karen Cilento

See more:

Cite: Karen Cilento. "Shelter for Haiti / Andres Duany" 04 Mar 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
Read comments

You've started following your first account!

Did you know?

You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.