The Elephant Foot.
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Authors Architecture Sans Frontières
Status Deployed
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Type Project
Keywords Travel internships, Alternative building, Upcycling
SDGs Sustainable Development Goals SDG11 Sustainable cities and communities
Published by Dominick Triola
Published 2014
License CC BY-SA 4.0
Affiliations Haiti Communitere
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Location Haiti

The Elephant Foot in Haiti Communitere is a demonstration piece for a style of building that utilizes concrete, tires, and rebar to make earthquake resistant wall foundations. The Elephant Foot was created by Architecture Sans Frontières. Tires can absorb a lot of the movement and stress caused by earthquakes. When used as a building material they can make earthquake safe foundations, while at the same time upcyling a material that would otherwise be waste. Large shake table tests are needed to confirm the structural integrity of the Elephant Foot, but one wall was tested on the bed of a moving truck at Haiti Communitere, and it survived without damage.

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