Designers sought in Haiti housing project

Designers are being sought as part of an international competition to rebuild housing in earthquake-struck Haiti.

An estimated 230 000 people were killed and 250 000 houses were destroyed in the earthquake, which struck the Caribbean country on 12 January.

A competition to rebuild homes and communities in Haiti has been developed by UK architect John McAslan, who is working with organisations in the country. It is being organised on behalf of the Haitian government.

The project will use an expo model to test different solutions, and wider themes such as Green energy, transportation, and use of local materials and production will also be examined.

A prototype housing expo will be held in October, and an exemplar housing project will be developed after that.

The tender is divided into two lots, one concentrating on the development of prefabricated housing, and one dealing with the design of a low-energy, exemplar housing settlement.

The deadline for first stage responses is 28 June. For more information visit http://www.malcolmreading.co.uk/bbbc.

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