According to the Miami Herald, architect AndrÃ©s Duany has created a temporary house — referred to as the "core-house" — that can be made of a strong, composite material and flat pack shipped to Haiti. The prefab houses sleep eight, if arranged with the bunk beds, and can expand with additional core units. Duany believes they could be built affordably in order to provide a temporary shelter from the elements and rain.
Each temporary core house is only 8'2" x 8'2" x 19'8", although when shipped it would only be a few inches thick. Duany has a prototype under construction right now in a factory in Miami Gardens, Florida.
This weekend, the designer will visit Haiti to scout temporary locations and learn about sewage arrangements. He's also going to take soil samples to determine the foundation required for the flat pack homes.
After that, Duany hopes to get sponsorships for the manufacture, shipment, and installation of the homes in Haiti. If he can, they would be manufactured by InnoVida, a company that makes the light, waterproof, strong, fiber-composite panels.
All in all, it seems like Duany is on to something that could work in Haiti. We'll try to follow this as the progress unfolds.
[+] Miami architect devises prefabs for homeless by Miami Herald.