On the six-month anniversary of the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, the international charity ARCHIVE (Architecture for Health In Vulnerable Environments) has launched the campaign Kay e Sante nan Ayiti, which means Housing and Health in Haiti in Creole.
The one-year campaign puts health issues at the forefront with the goal of showing that innovative housing structures can reduce the transmission of airborne diseases, including tuberculosis. To put this idea into practice, the charity is hosting a global design competition and calling on architects, engineers, health specialists, and the general public to submit housing designs that are sensitive to the local culture and that mitigate TB transmission. The campaign website serves as a platform for both professionals and students from various disciplines to post their details and find suitable teammates. An interdisciplinary panel of judges and the local community will choose five winning designs, which will be constructed in the coastal port town of Saint-Marc in western Haiti, an hour’s drive from capital Port-au-Prince. Register before September 20th.