This Fall the School of Architecture at MIT will be conducting a series of laboratory tests on the schools we’re designing and building in Haiti as part of the Building Technology Laboratory. Under the instruction of Les Norford and with support from Hannah Durschlag, students in a laboratory course will build physical and virtual mock ups of designs from the Rebuilding Center to analyze daylighting, natural ventilation and thermal performance. The results will be a series of tweaks and design modifications to increase the performance of schools in Haiti. The focus is on the classroom buildings at Bon Berger Pele, Home of Knowledge and Santo and will feed directly into real world design and construction.
The Haiti team is very grateful to John Ochsendorf and Les Norford for helping to set up this collaboration. This kind of analysis is rarely available in the field and will be of huge benefit to the spaces we are designing and building. We look forward to the results and many other opportunities for this kind of collaboration.