New York firm I-Beam Design was working on a design for emergency housing when they thought about using shipping pallets. Found anywhere around the world, they are a ubiquitous building block and set about to come up with an easy to build shelter. The Pallet House shelter can be built with only basic tools in about a day and can be upgraded over time with insulation and other materials for more permanent housing.
Shipping pallets are a great and inexpensive building block for temporary structures. As these do not need to stand the test of time, the pallets can be put up quickly to form basic structures like this theatre in London. The Jellyfish Theatre was up and running during the summer of 2010 and could seat 120 people for its performances.