Instead of dropping things in, Architecture for Humanity likes to work with the locals to develop proposals built from indigenous materials, that will get the support of everyone. As Kate said in Wired two years ago about imported solutions:
“Shipping costs are prohibitive — it can sometimes cost twice as much to ship a design as it does to build it,” says Architecture for Humanity’s Kate Stohr. “Designs that are scalable, built using local materials or can also be used as core housing — as a hub for basic services like sanitation, communication, supplies — that basic dose of shelter, are key.”
Kate also notes that housing units are not the only thing that are needed; “You can’t design for disaster after the fact,” notes Kate. “Unless it’s strategically thought about in advance of disaster, these ideas don’t work.” Often, what’s needed most is a central station where basic necessities — water, food, medical supplies and information — can be doled out.