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[Cob] Haiti COBRob Hayes editable7 at yahoo.com
Mon Jan 18 14:27:41 PST 2010
Damon, Since there are many folks with a mission to deliver medical supplies and perform some of the building and reconstruction efforts in Haiti lately, it's a good chance to use some of those shipping containers which will end up there. I was thinking of how two of those containers could be the support for a larger Nez-style acrylic concrete roof. https://ceaemgmt.colorado.edu/mc-edc/pdf/Acrylic%20Concrete%20Roofs.pdf http://ceae.colorado.edu/mc-edc/?ii=AST%20Research%20:%20Acrylic%20Roofs Does anyone here have some IMAGES of such a structure or some PUBLIC DOMAIN working drawings? Please send links. One container full of supplies leaves here in PA for Miami soon and it's enroute to Gonaive, Haiti. I think that some EWB folks are there already. Parlez-vous creole? I hope that enough fiberglass screen is in that container for several more roofs. Cob and urbanite infill walls can come later as things settle down. Hopefully before the next mud season. There's lots to do. ________________________________ I determined that my posture, within the community and before life, should be that of, in a humble way, taking sides. I decided this when I saw so many honorable misfortunes, lone victories and splendid defeats. In the midst of the arena of the Americas’ struggles, I saw that my human task was none other then to join the extensive forces of the organized masses of the people, to join with life and soul, with suffering and hope, because it is only from this great popular stream that the necessary changes can arise. Pablo Neruda "Towards the Splendid City" - 1971 Nobel Lecture ________________________________ Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2010 13:08:18 -0500 From: Damon Howell <dhowell at pickensprogress.com> Subject: Re: [Cob] COB: (a bit off colour) Haiti COB and Mixing To: coblist at deatech.com Message-ID: <99E2545F-27FA-4FB4-A409-C838AAF9AF7D at pickensprogress.com> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=US-ASCII; delsp=yes; format=flowed Katherine, That is a very GOOD point you made about alternative builders trotting down there to show the survivors in Haiti how to build their homes back "cheap." I had the same thought when it came to Katrina disasterees. Building with mud may not be as convenient as moving a lot of trailers in, but it is definitely cost efficient. But, oh yeah, our government doesn't care how much money it takes to rebuild a city/country because it's American taxpayer money. It's Haiti!!! They are the poorest country in the world! Why would they need/want a $200,000 American home? Just as you said, our "expert" builders will not build an "outhouse" but instead ask our (American) government for more money to establish infrastructure to support indoor running water all over the island. They (the Haitians) don't even know what that is! Most islanders, I bet, use the rain catchment systems instead of a municipal water source. As a taxpayer, I don't want to rebuild Haiti because the crooks, thieves, and power mongers down there will just tear it down anyway. Geez! Many of us Americans build with cob because we're too poor to build and operate a conventional house. Are we gonna build them houses with climate control and power outlets? Yes. Why? They don't have electricity! I say show them how to build 24' circular mud huts like they do in Africa and be done with it. Damon in GA, USA ------------------------------ ________________________________
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