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Pop-Up Village for Haiti Made From 900 Shipping Containers

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On August 30, 2010 @ 4:15 pm In Architecture,Design,Disaster-proof design,Green Building | 3 Comments

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Haitian Canadian musician Luck Mervil [2] is leading the charge to help rebuild Haiti with houses made from repurposed shipping containers [3]. Mervil is behind the Montreal organization Vilaj Vilaj [4], which wants to use 900 shipping containers to build an entirely new village west of Port-au-Prince fit for 5,000 people. The organization aims to build sustainable and long-term housing in Haiti [5] — and eventually elsewhere — with the help of local Haitians.

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Mervil, who has put his own career aside to work on this important project, expects the entire community to cost around $25 million and has been ardently working to raise the funds. The new village will be built on a parcel of previously uninhabited land near Leogane, a coastal city west of Port-au-Prince. A prototype shipping container house [7] was built in Canada in 10 days for between $8,000 and $10,000, and Mervil expects the costs to be much lower in Haiti.

The village will consist of a series of 900 shipping containers [8] grouped together in a grid and separated by open space, parks, and playing fields. Both 40 and 20-foot containers will be used to construct durable, long-term and hurricane and earthquake resistant homes [9]. Each home will offer roughly 320 sq feet of living space with running water and bathrooms. The village will also be self-sufficient, with space for companies to set up shop so that villagers can work and support themselves.

+ Vilaj Vilaj [4]

Via AM 770 [10]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/30/pop-up-village-for-haiti-made-from-900-shipping-containers/vilaj-vilaj-3/

[2] Luck Mervil: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luck_Mervil

[3] rebuild Haiti with houses made from repurposed shipping containers: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/14/2-million-haitians-live-in-tents-they-still-need-our-help-rebuilding/

[4] Vilaj Vilaj: http://www.vilajvilaj.com/

[5] Haiti: http://inhabitat.com/tag/haiti-earthquake

[6] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/30/pop-up-village-for-haiti-made-from-900-shipping-containers/vilaj-vilaj-5/

[7] prototype shipping container house: http://inhabitat.com/2010/02/19/upcycled-living-rolls-out-affordable-shipping-container-housing/

[8] shipping containers: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/22/shipping-containers-used-for-employee-housing-in-dubai-desert/

[9] earthquake resistant homes: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/12/affordable-earthquake-resistant-homes-made-from-straw/

[10] AM 770: http://www.am770chqr.com/News/National/Article.aspx?id=230543

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