Building Foundations with Haiti (BFH) strives to provide New York City's design community with opportunities to participate in real-life design and construction in response to the recent disaster to Haiti. Since the earthquake that destroyed numerous structures and killed thousands of people, BFH, has sought to understand both current construction and relief efforts and opportunities as well as acquire an in depth knowledge of Haiti's past, present, and future.
Ultimately, the design and construction generated from the upcoming projects shall focus on the future of Haiti in regards to housing/shelter, education, and care.
BFH has developed a plan to involve architects, landscape architects, engineers, horticulturists, and further design & construction professionals in the construction/reconstruction and infrastructure development of Haiti:
- Serving and working with organizations in Haiti to create practical designs while resolving design and construction problems specific to Haiti
- To generate funds to support the constructions (amount needed defined prior to designs)
- To provide a tangible opportunity for design and construction professionals to aid in the development of Haiti through immediate and long-term involvement
- Provide a design forum involving Haitian-based organizations and their representatives as well as design and construction professionals in New York City
- Culminate in a design chosen by the Haitian-based organizations from a design contest and a fundraiser to provide backing for the projects
- Involve as many organizations and people in New York as possible to show tangible support to reconstruction in Haiti
- Project 1 focuses on community building through housing, education, and care in Port au Prince's dense and urbanized environment. Please see "Current Project" tab for further information
- Project 2 focuses on community planning in the remote village of Bouccan Carre. Please see "Future Initiative" tab for further information.