NTNU architecture students help in Haiti

(01.11.2010) Six design and architecture students from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have temporarily relocated to Port-au-Prince, Haiti for six months to help in the design of a structure that will be used by a women's self-help group.

The students are a part of TYIN Tegnestue, a non-profit humanitarian group started by NTNU architecture students. The group's previous projects include an award-winning design for a children's library in Thailand.

The students on the Haiti project are Jonas Asheim, a 5th year student in NTNU's Department of Product Design, along with Lydia Høyem Anker, Olav Fåsetbru Kildal, Ida Johanne Andersen Ve, and Anne Gjesdal Bjørndal, all of whom are 4th year architecture students. They will be working with Manman Troll, a women's network connected with Project Haiti, another Norwegian humanitarian group run by volunteers. The plan is to build a bakery and living space that can be used by the members of the women's network to earn income.

The students are being supported by two architects from TYIN Tegnestue, Andreas Grøntvedt Gjertsen and Yashar Hanstad, and Hans Skotte, an NTNU associate professor. They are blogging about their work and posting pictures that describe the challenges involved in helping Haiti rebuild eight months after the devastating earthquake that levelled much of the country's capital city, Port-au-Prince and its surroundings.