Lloyd Alter

Architecture For Humanity and A Different Approach to Haiti

by , 01/20/10

UN Photo by Marco Dormino via flickr

Kate and Cameron have learned from experience what the rest of us have not; perhaps at 35 years old Cameron is already jaded. But what he says makes sense:

For those of us who are part of the reconstruction effort, we need to think about immediate needs for shelter while planning for the next three to five years of rebuilding. When we are rebuilding, do not let the media set the time line and expectations for reconstruction. I remember vividly well known news personalities standing on the rubble of homes in the lower ninth proclaiming that ‘this time next year we will see families back home.’ Some well meaning NGOs, who usually have little building experience, are even worse — ‘we’ll have 25,000 Haitians back home if you donate today.’

Read a realistic recovery plan at Architecture for Humanity.

More on AFH at TreeHugger:

+ The 3Rs for Haiti: Response, Recovery and Reconstruction

+ Is the Architecture Fun Over Or Just Getting Started?

+ Architecture for Humanity: 1 Year, 9 Completed Projects (Slideshow)

+ Are Shipping Containers An Answer For Haiti Housing?

+ Cameron Sinclair Gets Cheers from Architects

+ Quote of the Day: Cameron Sinclair on Ten Years of Architecture for Humanity

+ Architecture for Humanity: Kate Stohr Speaks

+ Architecture For Humanity’s Plan For Haiti; Cameron Sinclair Says “Steal This Plan”

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