haiti

From Bottle to Bag: Thread Collaborates with Moop to Create Responsible Bags Out of Haitian Trash

From Bottle to Bag: Thread Collaborates with Moop to Create Responsible Bags Out of Haitian Trash

Most of us have seen the islands of discarded plastic bottles that bob around in our oceans and create mountains in landfill sites, but there are a few companies out there that are harnessing all that

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Leonardo DiCaprio Purchases Vitamin C Shower-Equipped Apartment in NYC

Leonardo DiCaprio Purchases Vitamin C Shower-Equipped Apartment in NYC

Word on the street is that megastar Leonardo DiCaprio has finally settled on a new green home in NYC's Greenwich Village. In keeping with the actor's well-documented green sensibilities, the residence was

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Green Bamboo Lakou Housing for Haiti Wins 2013 Foster + Partners Prize

Green Bamboo Lakou Housing for Haiti Wins 2013 Foster + Partners Prize

Haiti is still struggling to rebuild its infrastructure three years after being struck by a devastating earthquake. The nation is also challenged by deforestation and a workforce that lacks skill and

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PIH’s Solar-Powered Mirebalais Hospital Opens in Haiti, Merging Innovative Design and Healthcare

PIH’s Solar-Powered Mirebalais Hospital Opens in Haiti, Merging Innovative Design and Healthcare

Not only is HUM Central Haiti’s first-ever teaching hospital, it is the largest hospital in the world to be powered primarily with solar energy. In an area where power outages last for an average of 3

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Poverty-Stricken Haiti to Plant Millions of Trees, Aims to Double Forest Coverage by 2016

Poverty-Stricken Haiti to Plant Millions of Trees, Aims to Double Forest Coverage by 2016

Photo via Shutterstock Haiti's hills were once lined with lush greenery - but now it's 98 percent bereft of plant coverage, making it one of the least forested nations on earth. To address the issue

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Haiti’s Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais Will be the World’s Largest Solar-Powered Hospital

Haiti’s Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais Will be the World’s Largest Solar-Powered Hospital

Haiti's electricity supply is intermittent, which spells big trouble for a hospital that needs round-the-clock power to keep machines running and medicines cool. “It’s not great if you’re a surgeon

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SCF Arquitectos Unveils Plans to Restore Earthquake-Devastated Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in Haiti

SCF Arquitectos Unveils Plans to Restore Earthquake-Devastated Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in Haiti

The 2010 earthquake all but destroyed the historical Cathedral, a source of national pride. After removing the ruble, the shell of the church has remained, but soon construction will begin to restore what

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Project Phoenix: Soccer Stadium Complex To Be Built Over Earthquake Rubble in Cite Soleil, Haiti

Project Phoenix: Soccer Stadium Complex To Be Built Over Earthquake Rubble in Cite Soleil, Haiti

Renderings of a new soccer stadium for Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince, Haiti have been released as part of the non-profit Project Phoenix’s philanthropic investment for the young people of the

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Konbit Super-Adobe Shelters are Helping a Rural Haitian Village Rebuild

Konbit Super-Adobe Shelters are Helping a Rural Haitian Village Rebuild

In January 2010, this group of artists, builders, architects, and engineers asked themselves how they could use their skills and talents to help people in Haiti rebuilt their lives. Settling on the

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Solar-Powered LuminAID Lamp Launches “Give Light, Get Light” BOGO Initiative

Solar-Powered LuminAID Lamp Launches “Give Light, Get Light” BOGO Initiative

LuminAID is an inflatable, solar-powered light designed for a range of uses including disaster response and camping. Each light recharges with about five hours of sunlight, producing eight to 10 hours of

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Lorin Symington Uses Solar Power To Cook Food and Generate Energy for the Developing World

Lorin Symington Uses Solar Power To Cook Food and Generate Energy for the Developing World

Solar thermal devices with complex and beautiful designs like this one are cooking food, drying coffee and generating electricity in developing countries. To avoid the cost of large parabolic mirrors,

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Solar Electric Light Fund Shines a Ray of Hope on Haiti

Solar Electric Light Fund Shines a Ray of Hope on Haiti

The Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) has installed 100 solar-powered street lamps in Haitian refugee camps Pétionville and Caradeux. Almost two years after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti taking

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Haiti Simbi Hubs by Aditya Aachi Wins 2011 Foster + Partners Prize

Haiti Simbi Hubs by Aditya Aachi Wins 2011 Foster + Partners Prize

Each of the hubs scattered throughout Port-au-Prince have a series of facilities that ensure high sanitation standards even during natural disasters. Each facility provides space for hand and foot

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ARCHIVE Institute’s Health and Housing For Haiti Winners are Clean, Green, Off-Grid Homes

ARCHIVE Institute’s Health and Housing For Haiti Winners are Clean, Green, Off-Grid Homes

The competition's grand prize winner is Breathe House by Initiative Recover, a collaboration between a University of Virginia architecture professor, his students, and a team of medical professionals,

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NC-office Designs Charming L-Shaped Self-Sustaining Homes For Haiti

NC-office Designs Charming L-Shaped Self-Sustaining Homes For Haiti

The small 8x8 modules consist of four rooms that form an L-shape. This allows the buildings to interlock repeatedly while also allowing for a small private garden. But the real beauty is that they are

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Solar Powered Teaching Hospital Currently Under Construction In Haiti

Solar Powered Teaching Hospital Currently Under Construction In Haiti

The new 45,000 sq ft hospital is located in the Central Plateau region of Haiti in a town called Mirebalais and will serve an estimated 450-500 patients per day. When completed in early 2012, the main

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Vincent Callebaut Unveils Coral-Inspired Carbon Neutral Eco Village for Haiti

Vincent Callebaut Unveils Coral-Inspired Carbon Neutral Eco Village for Haiti

Callebaut's Coral Reef proposes building an artificial pier on seismic piles in the Caribbean Sea. Modular duplexes built according to Passive House standards would be added into the housing matrix as

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Historic Iron Market First Building To Be Restored After Haiti Eartquake

Historic Iron Market First Building To Be Restored After Haiti Eartquake

Restoration of the Iron Market is seen as a symbol of hope to the people of Haiti who are largely still living in tents and makeshift shelters. Amazingly, the project was completed in less than a year,

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Harvest City: Floating Islands to Bring Agriculture and Industry to Haiti

Harvest City: Floating Islands to Bring Agriculture and Industry to Haiti

Harvest City would be a place for Haitians to live and start their lives again, but it would also be a place for agriculture and jobs to thrive. Two thirds of the city would be dedicated to farming and

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PACT’s “Winter Lights” Undies Provide Solar Lanterns for Haiti

PACT’s “Winter Lights” Undies Provide Solar Lanterns for Haiti

Here's a set of undies you won’t want to keep hidden in the dark -- PACT recently teamed up with industrial designer extraordinaire Yves Béhar to launch an electrifying line of eco-friendly intimates

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Pop-Up Village for Haiti Made From 900 Shipping Containers

Pop-Up Village for Haiti Made From 900 Shipping Containers

Haitian Canadian musician Luck Mervil is leading the charge to help rebuild Haiti with houses made from repurposed shipping containers. Mervil is behind the Montreal organization Vilaj Vilaj, which wants

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Earthquake Resistant Tire Earthships for Haiti Disaster Relief

Earthquake Resistant Tire Earthships for Haiti Disaster Relief

Early in July, Reynolds, two builders and a cameraman journeyed to Haiti to do research and see what could be done. They ended up building a whole house with the help of 40 locals, ranging in age from

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Shipping Container Cities to Shelter 2 Million Haitians From Hurricanes

Shipping Container Cities to Shelter 2 Million Haitians From Hurricanes

Moreta and his team, Green Container International Aid, have been working non-stop to begin construction on their Container Cities. A pilot project has already begun in Jacmel, which lies along the

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$3 Healing Device Speeds Up Wound Treatment

$3 Healing Device Speeds Up Wound Treatment

Fact: the healing process can be sped up dramatically by applying suction (AKA negative pressure) to bandage-covered open wounds. No one knows why this works, but doctors think it might keep wounds clean

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Architects Tell Californians to Brace for the Next Big Earthquake

Architects Tell Californians to Brace for the Next Big Earthquake

The US Geological Survey has said that California has a 99.7% chance of having a magnitude 6.7 earthquake -- or bigger -- in the next three decades. University of California, Berkeley Professor and former

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Port-au-Prince Could Be Recycled and Rebuilt From Itself

Port-au-Prince Could Be Recycled and Rebuilt From Itself

What if the crumbled remains of Haiti could be recycled and used to repair and rebuild a brand new city? That's what one company, Independence Recycling of Florida, is proposing as a reconstruction

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Duany Flatpack Prefab Unveiled, 1000 Shelters to be Donated to Haiti

Duany Flatpack Prefab Unveiled, 1000 Shelters to be Donated to Haiti

During his research, Duany says that his team was able to identify four separate classes of Haitians that live in very different ways, and that each home is tailored to their specific needs. To exemplify

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Google Launches Person Finder for Chile Earthquake Victims

Google Launches Person Finder for Chile Earthquake Victims

Looking for friends and relatives who were affected by the recent 8.8 magnitude mega-quake in Chile? Google can help. The Internet search giant launched its Person Finder for the Chile earthquake over the

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Dominican Authorities Approve Container Cities For Haiti Housing Relief

Dominican Authorities Approve Container Cities For Haiti Housing Relief

Numerous disaster relief housing projects have been proposed to help in the aftermath of the Haiti Earthquake last month, and while many of them seem workable, none (as of yet) will actually be

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