Haiti aftermath. Photo by Jorge Cruz/AP.
Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair once said that if his wish comes true, future societies will view architects as humanitarians—based on the meaningful design contributions that architects will make regularly for people in need.
For those of us feeling helpless after the Haiti quake and longing to make a difference, there is some sobering news: rebuilding will take a long time.
In an article published today in the Huffington Post, Cameron Sinclair writes that we should not listen to false promises about quick recoveries delivered by some media channels. Rather, we should stomach the reality that reconstruction could take up to five years, with permanent housing not being complete until one year (at the earliest).
This news should not weaken our resolve to help Haiti recover, however—it only means that it will take time and dogged perseverance. To read more details from Sinclair’s article and to learn how you can help, please see the Architecture for Humanity website. Perhaps we can help make Sinclair’s wish come true.