‘Steal this plan’: Architecture for Humanity share their plan to rebuild HaitiTuesday, January 19, 2010 14:56
Photo by Logan Abassi/MINUSTAH via Flickr
In his plan to reconstruct Haiti Cameron Sinclair, co-founder of the charitable architectural organization Architecture for Humanity, tells it as it is:
For those not used to working in disasters the first week is chaotic, filled with stories of heroism and despair. The first responders are not the NGO’s or medical personal but the families of those who are injured or lost their lives. It is an overwhelming situation to be in. It is also not the time for architects to show up thinking they can rebuild. People are trying to find their loved ones not think about what their lives will look like in 5, 10 or 15 years.
His realism comes from his experience and expertise in the field; he knows what he’s doing.
Architecture for Humanity has been finding design solutions for humanitarian crises since 1999. Sinclair, architect by profession, is a firm believer in the power of collaborative design through open source models, knowledge distribution, social networks and on-site community work combined with professional skills. In the plan he has devised to reconstruct Haiti he doesn’t make any false promises, instead he outlines 11 key points and motivations essential to finding feasible and strategic solutions to rebuild Haiti while taking into account the future, he writes:
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.
True to his organization’s philosophy that sharing is an important part in the problem solving process Sinclair beckons design professionals to ‘Steal his Plan’; read it here on Architecture for Humanity