Re-Fab is a partnership between Canada Place and AFHv to repurpose the fabric from the old Canada Place sails for new uses.
The Haiti Rebuilding Center run by Architecture for Humanity coordinates and collaborates with local professionals, educational institutions and other organizations on long-term Haiti reconstruction programs.
AFHv in conjunction with the Haiti Rebuilding Centre has the opportunity to repurpose the fabric from Canada Place for humanitarian purposes in Haiti.
AFHv conducted extensive research and development in order to produce practical detailing methods and procedures for utilizing the fabric.
Specific environmental concerns our team took into consideration include:
Tropical lightening, rain and thunder storms
Harsh sun conditions
When examining existing construction methods, the AFH reported that local builders do not spend a great deal of time focusing on attention to detail. Concrete is a typical material choice as wood is rare and expensive.
Our team is continuing to develop a handbook illustrating various fabric utilization techniques, fit for an array of implementation methods that enables the on-the-ground team in Haiti to quickly design and implement solutions to problems they encounter daily. An exploration of details include: footing, wall assemblies, fastening, canopy systems, water collection. We are coordinating with the AFH Haiti representative to ensure our development is in line with issues they are facing every day.
Project Lead: Mira Yung
Linus Lam - AfH Vancouver
Brett Ferguson - AfH Haiti
Fabric material generously donated by Canada Place in Vancouver, BC