Honest future architecture, Haiti

Last October, the second phase of a school opened in the Bel Air neighborhood of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. The new spaces – four classrooms, a kitchen and multipurpose dining area, an admin building and a composting toilet bloc – were nestled beneath a dramatic single-pitch roof and impermeable vaulted ceilings. The corrugated uppermost plane deflects beating sunlight and encourages air to flow between…

In Haiti, 2013

I had the great fortune to tag along with architect and former Architecture for Humanity design fellow (and PID essay coauthor) Stacey McMahan on a week-long return to Haiti. I’d been following the progress of this country since just before the 2010 earthquake, through the work of Architecture for Humanity and Engineers Without Borders (before…