In 2011, the people at BAR Architects, an architecture firm located in San Francisco, felt called to help the people of Haiti in rebuilding after the earthquake. To make this desire to help a reality, they partnered closely with Architecture for Humanity and pooled their vacation time in order to send nine architects to Haiti. In this Design Open Mic session, four of the architects on this project share their experience in Haiti, the design for Haiti Partner's Children's Academy, and construction methods leveraging local talent and material.
In a follow up video to the Design Open Mic session, BAR Architects and Architecture for Humanity had an open dialog regarding the project in which they partnered to design and build a school in Haiti. The client's (John Engle, Co-Director of Haiti Partners) brother, Jesse Engle, was at the session and expressed gratitude to BAR and Architecture for Humanity, "As the school takes shape, it will impact lots of lives in a very positive way. Kids who would not otherwise be going to school at all will be getting an education."
To view the full presentation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNzQ482-wHM
Video and text credit: Beverly Pitzer