Design Open Mic: Focus on Business Development in Haiti, Solar Energy

Design Open Mic: Focus on Business Development in Haiti, Solar Energy

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Mar 29, 2011
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Architecture for Humanity's Wednesday potluck series, Design Open Mic, continued this past week on March 23rd with presentations from Martine Theodore, newly appointed Economic Development Director for Architecture for Humanity in Haiti, and Vasilios Katsavrias, design fellow and volunteer at Architecture for Humanity.

Martine spent a few days in our office before she left for her post in Haiti to begin her work. At our Design Open Mic, she spoke about her work as a technical assistant and consultant to small business owners in Little Haiti (Miami, FL). She highlighted the community's goals to transform 54 blocks of Little Haiti into a lively and thriving quarter for commerce and tourism, and for showcasing Haitian culture. Martine also outlined for us some of her plans to help revive commerce in post-earthquake Haiti. That portion of her talk is excerpted in the video below.

After Martine spoke, Vasilios gave an illuminating presentation on the latest solar technologies and their potential applications in sustainable design. See his presentation here, or download it below.

ADDENDUM: Vasilios is a return presenter at our Design Open Mic series. His last presentation focused on the advantages of using earth materials (mud, brick, adobe, etc.) in building designs, and that presentation is now also available for download below. Better late than never!

>> STAY TUNED for future updates on Design Open Mic. These informal potluck events are open to the public, and happen every Wednesday from 12-1PM at our offices in San Francisco (848 Folsom Street [btwn 4th/5th Streets], Suite 201). We encourage all to attend!