Berkeley architect Martin Hammer will show slides and discuss the recent construction of a sustainable prototype house in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The "Ti Kay Pay" (Small Straw House) is the first strawbale building in Haiti, and offers a safe, affordable, sustainable, and culturally appropriate (re)building solution for Haiti, as it recovers from the January 2010 earthquake that killed 230,000 and left over 1.5 million homeless. It uses in-country materials including rice straw, bamboo, wood from pallets, site soil, and aggregate from crushed rubble from collapsed buildings. It also features rainwater catchment and photovoltaic systems. Martin is leading a small team of design and building professionals for Builders Without Borders to develop and promote sustainable building solutions in Haiti. Other team members will be present.
Added to the calendar on Tuesday Mar 15th, 2011 12:14 PM