Carlos Zapata has been named as the architect of a new $5m football stadium in Haiti which will be constructed from the rubble left after the destructive 2010 earthquake. Morad Fareed from Delos LLC, a healthy-living real estate firm who are funding the initiative, and Robert Duval, Founder of Foundation L’Athletique D’Haiti, also selected Bill Faschan as structural engineer for the scheme. Delos LLC is providing the funding as part of the Clinton Global Initiative, a programme that encourages international leaders to address the many major issues facing our planet.
The upcoming project in Haiti includes a youth soccer academy, an elementary and middle school, and innovative infrastructure projects related to agriculture, composting and water treatment. The stadium will host concerts and provide facilities for community events. Speaking on his appointment to the scheme, Zapata said: “I am truly excited about this project, unique for its challenges, the new architectural approaches we will be using, as well as the long-term impact it will have on the community. It’s not often as architects that we can honestly say we are changing the world, but here in Haiti, we will be.”