Creole for Housing and Health in Haiti

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On the six-month anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, the international charity ARCHIVE (Architecture for Health In Vulnerable Environments) launches the campaign Kay e Santé nan Ayiti (Creole for Housing and Health in Haiti) to raise awareness of how innovative housing designs can reduce the transmission of airborne diseases such as tuberculosis (TB).

Through this competition, we will be building five housing units in St. Marc, Haiti - a coastal town approximately 100 km north of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. What makes our project truly unique is that throughout the entire process - from design, construction through to habitation - health is a key ingredient.

The design and construction of the housing units should make use of common sense principles which seek to minimize the transmission of Tuberculosis. Housing can be designed to minimize airborne disease infection. Adjusting the material composition of walls, floors, and roofs in houses can lower humidity, improve ventilation, and increase direct sunlight, which in turn reduces the presence of indoor pathogens.

ARCHIVE hopes that the competition will raise awareness of housing's ability to change the way in which society deals with global health. We like to imagine that all those involved in the project will walk away with a newfound understanding of the interconnected relationship between housing and health.

The project will be led by you - the public! We feel that the Kay e Sante nan Ayiti project will only reach the best design solutions through the exciting and interdisciplinary collaboration of minds, skills, interests and people.

Individuals, students and professionals from across the globe can submit housing designs according to the brief and the top 5 winning designs will be built in 2011, with habitation commencing in July 2011. The community of St. Marc will also be active participants in the project, helping refine the final ideas to ensure the long term viability of the project.

Two juries comprised of international experts and community members will be engaged along the way and ultimately be responsible for choosing the 5 winning entries and 2 honorable mentions. Yet our work does not end when the houses are built! To continue to raise global awareness about the health and housing link, ARCHIVE will be publishing compendiums featuring the competition's strongest entries and best practice examples. Honorable mentions for projects strong in certain disciplines will also be noted. ARCHIVE will finally host a travelling project exhibition to showcase the work to various universities worldwide.

The project will adhere to the following timeline:

  • July 12, 2010: Campaign launched
  • September 20: Design teams formed and registered on ARCHIVE website
  • November 12: Deadline for entry submission
  • December 1: 1st round judging completed; 20 winners announced
  • December 7: Final 5 winners announced
  • January 12, 2011: (1-year anniversary of earthquake) - launch of travel exhibit
  • March 1: Construction of pilot houses begins
  • May 31: Construction of selected units completed
  • July: Building occupancy of completed units

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