Sunday, June 20, 2010

Haiti is Still on the Map


A Plan to Spur Growth Away From Haiti’s Capital

"Even as outsiders feel sympathy for Haiti’s suffering, they tend to look upon it as a country beyond saving."

New York Times

Blogger note:

Again, a failure to understand the complexities of Haiti, how that nation has been subjugated by the United States, and how unprepared the world is, the USA, too, in dealing with huge "natural" events compounded by man-made feet- dragging and corruption. We've already had a post here on PacifiCAD Sustainability Blog about geologists and earthquake experts and climate change researchers wondering if the expansion of the the world's ocean -- through ice melting -- is putting new stress on islands, like the island of Haiti-Dominican Republic.

We failed New Orleans as planners, engineers, disaster relief experts, and political actors; the same happened in Haiti.


After the earthquake, how to rebuild Haiti from scratch

By Jeffrey D. SachsSunday, January 17, 2010

To prevent a deepening spiral of death, the United States will have to do things differently than in the past. American relief and development institutions do not function properly, and to believe otherwise would be to condemn Haiti's poor and dying to our own mythology.

In Haiti, we are facing not only a horrific natural disaster but the tectonics of nature, poverty and politics. Even before last week's earthquake, roughly half of the nation's 10 million inhabitants lived in destitution, in squalid housing built of adobe or masonry without reinforcements, perched precariously on hillsides.


June 2, 2010

Rescue and Rebuild Haiti

USGBC, AIA and Architecture for Humanity Partner to Rebuild Sustainable Communities in Haiti
USGBC and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have announced their support for an Architecture for Humanity Sustainable Design Fellow, who will help play a critical role in rebuilding the infrastructure in Haiti that was demolished in the devastating earthquake. The qualified design professional selected will make a two-year commitment to work directly with community members on the ground in Architecture for Humanity’s Rebuilding Center based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Read the two-page press release by USGBC:

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