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Haiti Building Contest : Architecture Information from Malcolm Reading Consultants

21 Jun 2010

Haiti Design Competition

Malcolm Reading Consultants, on behalf of the Government of Haiti, is delighted to announce the launch of an international competition to assist the rebuilding programme in Haiti. Building Back Better Communities

The competition ties-in to an Expo, to be held later this year in Haiti.

Views of existing housing near oranger site 2 ; notional layout

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The competition concept was developed by UK architect John McAslan, who is currently working with a number of organisations in the country.

The aim of the project is to help rebuild communities and homes in Haiti. Using an Expo model, the Government of Haiti and others, can see and test different solutions – from the bespoke community-build to mass-produced housing units. The Expo is dedicated to best-practice solutions alongside wider urban themes such as green energy, transportation and use of local materials and production.

Panorama of Oranger site – Haiti Housing  ; Haiti
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The competition is open to all who are willing to work closely with the Government of Haiti to address the housing crisis in post-earthquake Haiti.

There is broad-based support from organisations working in the field and a local team is being assembled who will manage the delivery of the Expo. We are stressing the need for local collaborations and techniques as a key element of the competition. The approach to the Expo will be holistic, focusing on home designs, incorporation of green technologies and the development of model communities.

Existing Oranger site ; proposed expo site
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All details and information is available on the competition web-portal at:


Deadline for first stage responses : 28 Jun 2010

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John McAslan + Partners is a leading architectural and design practice, based in London, Manchester and Edinburgh, with a large portfolio of award-winning work in Britain and overseas. Encompassing urban design, infrastructure, commercial, residential, retail, education and the arts sectors, the practice has an outstanding track-record in transformational schemes involving culturally and historically significant buildings, including: the Grade I listed Modernist masterpiece, the De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill on the South coast of England; the renowned Roundhouse arts venue in Camden, London; and the Grade II* listed Peter Jones department store in Sloane Square, London.

The practice is currently working on: the £450M development of the Grade I listed King’s Cross Station in the heart of London, the transformation of the historic centre of the Stanislavsky family in Moscow, including a prominent mixed-use and residential building; and new cultural and apartment buildings within the Heart of Doha project in Qatar. Having just recently completed the new British Embassy building in Algiers, the studio is currently working on a £120 million sustainable super-campus for Manchester Metropolitan University in Hulme; an innovative High School and Community Library at Craigmillar in Scotland, and a major new high quality office and mixed-use development near St Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London, known as 5 Cheapside.

In many of its projects, John McAslan + Partners – using up to 10% of its pretax profits and 1% of its billable time – has set up linked pro bono schemes to involve local young people, including the RIBA/ICE Bursary scheme. The practice is also working on a number of pro bono projects in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative and other NGOs, including: the School of Genocide Studies in Kigali, Rwanda, as part of the world-renowned Kigali Memorial Centre; community schools and teacher training centres in Malawi, and a number of community, cultural and education projects in Haiti.

For more information, please visit: www.mcaslan.co.uk and www.mcaslan-family-trust.com

Location: Port-au-Prince Haiti

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Malcolm Reading Consultants provides independent advice and hands-on support to clients with capital projects. This can range from drawing up feasibility studies/business cases, to resolving project problems and acting as the client’s representative.

MRC specialises in cultural, educational and regeneration work and has helped organisations as diverse as the Foreign Office, White Cube, NATO and the National Maritime Museum.

The leading private organiser of architectural competitions in the UK, recent projects include the competitions for Glasgow School of Art, the UK Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo 2010, King’s Cross Square, British Antarctic Survey and Central Park Bridge for the London Olympic site.

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