CalEarth’s Prototype for Haiti — 2 Comments

  1. I looked at your design with great interest and would like to make some comments that I hope does not dampen your enthusiasm for building shelters in Haiti.

    How much do you know about the culture and the size of the average family unit? I believe if you could expand the size of the dome to 15 or 20 foot it would be more suitable for a family.

    Also one of the things that excited me about earth bag building is that the average family could afford to build them theirselves if we could somehow come up with bulding materials that the average haitian family could afford to buy or scrounge from the garbage dump or surrounding countryside.

    One of the first problems we had with building a structure for a family that consisted of older women and children is that there was no place to obtain dirt to fill the bags!
    We had to purchase dirt and pay for transportation.

    The way for earthbag building to become successful will if the Haitian people can embrace it and incorporate it into their lifestyle.

    It is nothing for 10 – 20 people to be living in a single 300 square foot dwelling that they use only for sleeping. They need shelter from the sun and rain for the rest of the time.

    Sorry to sound so negative but I hope this gives you some food for thought, like how can we incorporate a cooking shack outside the home and a veranda for people to sit and interact as is their custom.

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