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Winners of "Healthy Homes" for Haiti


In the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, ARCHIVE, a non-profit whose efforts center on the use of housing as a strategy for preventing illness and providing care among the poor, sponsored a design competition called "Healthy Homes." In an effort to limit the spread of Tuberculosis (one of the leading infectious diseases in Haiti), 147 teams of architects, engineers, public health workers, and doctors designed homes that are environmentally conscious, sensitive to the economic and cultural environment. Additionally, they use local building materials and construction techniques wherever possible and are easily replicable . What was interesting about this competition is that it isn't simply a "design exercise"; the winning entries will now inform new housing construction in the Artibonite region of the country. Click through the slideshow below to see the five winning designs.

At the heart of "Breathe House" is the concept of sustainable health and housing.
The idea behind Maison Canopy is to offer a sanctuary to heal the body and spirit.
"Shutter Dwelling" focuses on using the functional distribution of space to facilitate the interaction of patients with...
The defining feature of "Bois l'Etat" is the focus on communal planning and lifestyle.
"Cycle House" revolves around the idea of open and closed spaces that promote and facilitate a healthy lifestyle.
Community involvement was a key part of the design competition.

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