pattern language

Rebuilding Haiti — Two


Nietzsche is salient on the downside of charity. It can humiliate. Everyone knows this. There is nothing hidden about the effects of being brought low and then suffering the consequences of feeling that one must beg for one’s very life.

So my proposal is that if we (by implication, all helpful forces aiming to help Haiti long-term) wish to avoid the “charity-syndrome”, we decide that what we do in Haiti will be the very model of what we need to be doing everywhere else.

In other words, we would do well to create living options in Haiti that follow the very procedures that ought to accompany any effort to create living options anywhere else.

The first principle of such an approach is to place design in the hands of the people.

My earlier post suggests that rebuilding Haiti should involve a 21st Century approach that assumes there will be similar quakes in the future since Haiti is on a fault similar to the one that runs through California. Ideally a settlement would float, literally. It would not be anchored to the ground.

Ideally, rebuilding would involve the introduction of modular elements — my suggestion for the transformation of our automobile industry into an industry focused on building modules that enable people to essentially have their “own” room/s wherever they go.

Security and flexibility.

To comprehend what I’m suggesting, please investigate my posts on new settlements and pattern language.

If truth be told, such a rebuilding of Haiti would serve the whole world by enabling a pattern that makes sense for the future.

The idea that a house should be anchored to the ground is obsolete. A house should be able to withstand the worst nature can throw at it.

pattern language, politics

Rebuilding Haiti

I have no doubt the US will help rebuild Haiti.

My deepest prayer would be that we would follow the principles I have advocated for many years, with no apparent interest from virtually anyone.

The reason is that what I am advocating would be able to withstand earthquakes.

I have always assumed that the communities I have suggested would be built with specific attention to the weather potentialities of the areas where they are located.

The image I have of the sort of settlements we could build is of a stadium like structure that is not anchored to the earth so that when a quake hits it would shatter. No, it would essentially float.

There would be nothing more depressing following this disaster to see the recreation of structures that are vulnerable to future quakes. The fault that bedevils Haiti is no different from the San Andreas fault. It stretches in the direction of Jamaica.

I hope any who read this and who have interest in what ought to be the way the whole world builds in the future will investigate the considerable resources on this site for considering what can be done.