Two years after the January 2010 Haiti earthquake, despite the millions of dollars pledged through foreign aid and well-intended efforts of the international community, the sad reality is that the majority of the families displaced due to the earthquake [over 600,000 Haitians] are still waiting in transitory shelters, without a clear roadmap towards safe permanent housing they will be able to call “home”. While many agree that sustainable redevelopment and self-reliance is essential for Haiti, few appreciate how it can be practically achieved, particularly in the domain of urban residential redevelopment. As the poorest Western nation with the highest import taxes and severe deforestation, construction practices cannot rely on the many engineered materials that are required in traditional code-compliant designs used in other seismically active regions and even other parts of the developing world due to the lack of affordable local inventory. The pre-existing lack of education, codification and oversight to regulate the construction processes adds to such challenges.


The personnel of the laboratory is committed to provide an affordable, sustainable, safe housing solution for the bottom of the economic pyramid Haitian families. Dr Taflanidis has made four trips to Haiti post quake and is an integral member of Engineering2Empower team at the University of Notre Dame, trying to address the problem of substandard residential housing in the developing world. Visit http://Engineering2Empower.org to learn more


>> Engineering2Empower website: http://Engineering2Empower.org

>> Committed to Haiti Website: http://committedtohaiti.nd.edu/infrastructure/