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Devastation in Haiti
Haiti Earthquake Damage, January 2010

Haiti Earthquake Damage, January 2010

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When an earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010, the capital city of Port-au-Prince was reduced to rubble. Tens of thousands of people were killed, and millions were left homeless.

How could Haiti provide shelter for so many people? The emergency shelters would need to be inexpensive and easy to build. Moreover, the emergency shelters should be more durable than makeshift tents. Haiti needed homes that could stand up to earthquakes and hurricanes.

Within days after the earthquake struck, architects and designers began working on solutions.

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