Disaster relief calls for practical help, not platitudes

You recently asked what is the best thing designers can do to help the relief and rebuild effort in Haiti (Voxpop, DW 4 February).

It is to help is to apply their technical skill and ingenuity to create instant disaster-relief shelters and pop-up hospitals and housing.

The type of thing I am talking about is best exemplified by two Royal College of Art graduates who set up a company called Concrete Canvas (see www. concretecanvas.co.uk).

Haiti and other disaster areas need brilliant product and architectural design, not platitudes.

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