Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Bringing Shelter to Haiti

Welcome to our first blog post!

First and foremost--we invite anyone to join us in our effort to design and provide the best transitional shelter solutions for all people in desperate need of housing. The solution to this global issue is not one size fits all but rather a multitude of designs to suit a wide range of social, financial, and environmental conditions. How will it come about? The answer is collaborative innovation, and we are catalyzing to make it happen.

In a post-disaster event the critical elements of rebuilding community involve more than just a good shelter but also include organized neighborhood and city planning, creative financial tools and mechanisms for restoring a functional economy, as well as appropriate social services and facilities that are vital for a community to thrive. So we invite experts from all fields to take part in the process of addressing each of these needs as a whole. Our component is one small piece in the bigger picture of creating the conditions people need to serve themselves.

Here at our manufacturing facility in Pomona, CA we are very excited to announce that production has begun this week for our pilot shelter that will be shipped to Port-au-Prince, Haiti at the end of the month. There we will present it to the requesting aid agencies and local organizations who are gearing up for the end of the rainy season to commence large scale reconstruction projects. 

The Uber Shelter has several key features that make it the first transitional shelter of its kind, including elevated floor for heavy rain, adaptable footprint for unique plot sizes, multi-story capability for increased living space, and collapsibility for shipping and relocating. 
Our team consists of a network of experts who are working together by volition with the shared vision of providing adequate shelter for all people in need and for disaster preparedness in all communities worldwide. 

We created this blog with the intent of sharing our ideas with everyone so please feel free to initiate a dialog with us to make this as interactive as possible.

Thanks to everyone involved for all your support!

-Armand Mulin & Rafael Smith

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