This report was prepared by ARUP staff for Oxfam and contains a valuable discussion on issues that will be faced in the rebuilding.
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The EERI social impacts team had three goals today — scoping surveys of commerce, scoping surveys of IDP camps, and making contact with the Haiti Episcopal Church — a central organization in Haiti’s social capital.
Our commerce surveying took place around the Iron Market in downtown Port-au-Prince, as well as around the Delmas distract. There was significant damage to this central market structure, some that killed many. But the market appeared repairable in part and we were surprised to see the company Digicel assisting with reconstruction efforts.
Our camp survey took place near the large tent city across from the presidential palace — a camp with much exposure on NPR and other media outlets. Obviously the stories we heard were varied and overwhelming, but informative regarding where people came from, where they work(ed), and who did or didn’t receive tents and other assistance.
EERI member and historic preservation architect Randolph Langenbach has created a blog site to document historic and vernacular construction in Haiti, its performance in the January earthquake, and plans for repair. Follow his blog at www.haiti-patrimoine.org
Read this non-profit’s plan for reconstruction, and thoughts on rebuilding and coordination.
The following interview was taken from the CNN website here.
(CNN) — Reginald DesRoches is deploying to Haiti to tag key infrastructure buildings with red, yellow and green markers — designations on whether they’re still usable.
DesRoches has years of experience as a civil engineering expert dealing with structures in the wake of earthquakes. This disaster is also personal: He was born in Haiti and one of his uncles died in the quake’s aftermath.
The associate chair of Georgia Tech’s School of Civil Engineering, DesRoches will lead a team of experts in Haiti about the sustainability of buildings. He spoke with CNN before heading to Port-au-Prince.
Below is a transcript of the interview, a portion of which has been edited.