I’ve across the following competition announcement from Architecture from Humanity. If you have done some work or research on prefab housing for disaster areas, you may want to consider entering.
“The Building Back Better Communities RFP has been officially released–calling for appropriate prefab solutions for Haiti. The Government of Haiti has enlisted our help and that of the British architecture firm Malcolm Reading to hold a design competition Expo for prefabricated housing solutions. Details can be found at the Malcolm Reading website.
The deadline for submissions is June 28. Questions should be directed to BBBC@malcolmreading.co.uk
The Haitian government encourages participation from as many different sectors around the world as possible. If you’re a designer, architect, contractor, consultant or other professional who wants to help build back better, you’re invited to submit a design to be evaluated and built. A prototype housing Expo will take place in Port-au-Prince from
early October 2010. The development of an exemplar housing settlement will follow shortly after.
The scope and spirit of the competition are captured in an introductory letter from the Haitian Prime Minister, copied below.
Best of luck to the entrants!
Architecture for Humanity
To Whom It May Concern
The earthquake on January 12, 2010 destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes, directly affecting over 1.5 million Haitians and impacting the lies of millions throughout the country. In response, the international community began developing strategies to assist the people of Haiti in developing permanent housing solutions.
The Government of Haiti is pleased to announce a formal process for managing this important component of the recovery effort. The attached Request For Proposals (RFP) seeks to ensure that the development of the housing sector in Haiti will include both the International community and the Government of Haiti working together for the Haitian people. Participants are encouraged to seek integrated approaches, including of Haitian products in housing designs, construction of local manufacturing facilities and entering into partnerships with Haitian companies. In addition, the housing sector should be a driving force for employment and skill training for Haitians. These important areas should be taken into account when developing housing proposals.
The purpose of this RFP is to attract the best, safest and most sustainable housing designs that can serve as models in a Housing Expo, during which the Government of Haiti and the Haitian people will select housing models that are best suited for Haiti and its recovery process. In addition to constructing model homes, the Housing Expo seeks to
integrate green business, technologies, and sustainable energy projects into the rebuilding and recovery process. Thus the utilization of solar, wind and other natural elements into the development of model communities, the Haitian Government seeks to reduce the use of fuels that are costly both in financial and environmental terms. Finally,
this Housing Expo will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas regarding sustainable housing models and green building technologies.
The Government of Haiti welcomes your participation in this importantprocess.
Jean Max Bellerive