Transitional Shelter ("T Shelter") with wheelchair ramp, built using traditional Haitian building technology


The architect David Sacca spent a year in Haiti following the earthquake in January 2010, working on a transitional shelters project for Handicap International.  "We targeted vulnerable populations in the rural and suburban areas of Petit Go‚ve.  Thanks to the ties we formed with the local population, I visited lots of different families, right from the first weeks of my mission. This allowed me to talk to them, observe how the families used their space (where they ate, slept and cooked), and see which building materials they used."

"We decided to give priority to the traditional building materials - wood - and techniques used by Haitians, such as 'clissade' (which consists ofa weaving wooden slats together), which was then used as a basis for covering the walls with mud plaster, or 'tiff', to protect the shelter from inclement weather. This technique is particularly well suited to conditions in rural Petit Go‚ve: the plaster protects the structure of the shelter and provides thermal insulation in the cooler mountain climate."

~Link to Handicap International Website~