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Haitian Studies Association 26th Annual Conference
Migration, Crossing Boundaries, Paths Forward

November 6-8, 2014

Engineering 2 Empower (E2E) - Housing Solutions for Haiti


“The solution to the permanent housing crisis in Haiti cannot be imported, imposed or donated. It has to be one that empowers the people to become self-reliant.”

That’s the philosophy behind the Notre Dame engineers—faculty and students—who make up the project Engineering2Empower (E2E).  They will be your hosts for the E2E Expo.

E2E Expo

ExpoTwo brightly painted structures on the edge of campus are matched by similar structures in Léogâne, Haiti. They are prototypes of an innovative housing model designed to be disaster-resistant, culturally appropriate, and affordable. 

You are invited to learn more about the E2E and tour the prototype houses while at Notre Dame.

Tour Times
Friday 12pm to 2pm
Saturday 12pm to 2pm
Saturday 4pm to 6pm

More info here.

Sustainable Infrastructure for Haiti

What began as a series of reconnaissance trips following Haiti’s 2010 earthquake has evolved into Engineering2Empower, a bold effort to help Haitians themselves build their own appropriate urban housing.

Frustrated by the lack of careful and thoughtful consideration of post-quake housing “solutions,” Notre Dame structural engineering professors Tracy Kijewski-Correa and Alexandros Taflanidis and graduate student Dustin Mix founded E2E with “LISTEN, INNOVATE, and EMPOWER” as their guiding principle.

Haitian Studies Association 26th Annual ConferenceThey listened as Haitians told them what they needed in housing, then designed an innovative housing system resilient against both hurricanes and earthquakes. They coupled it with a business model—incubated in Notre Dame’s Engineering, Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Masters (ESTEEM) Program—to empower local production, retail sales, and construction of the homes in Haiti.

The wider community-led innovation framework received seed funding from the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, where Kijewski-Correa and Taflanidis are faculty fellows.

With a full-scale prototyping facility—the E2E Expo—on Notre Dame’s campus and a permanent base of operation in Léogâne, Haiti, E2E is committed to facilitating access to safe and affordable urban housing by empowering local entrepreneurs.




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