First step to rebuilding Haiti? A building code

Engineers and architects have been gathering in Port-au-Prince to discuss the rebuilding of the earthquake-ravaged city. Haiti's current two-page building code was deemed inadequate, and many buildings were constructed with cinder blocks and cement to withstand hurricanes instead of earthquakes. "We don't want to talk about rebuilding," said the engineer Jean-Marie Raymond Noel. "We want to talk about a new project, a new vision." A post-earthquake fieldwork engineer suggested simple training and easy-to-understand technology to help rebuilding efforts.

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