Although the shelters are really only meant to be temporary, the homes can be covered in local materials and reinforced to further improve their durability and weather resistance. The pods can also be used as stores, health clinics and other types of buildings. Ideally, the pods would biodegrade by the time they are no longer needed and become part of a fertile crop bed.
While the airdrop housing kit is a bit fanciful and we may never see this idea come to fruition, Andrew Maynard Architects did incorporate many of the necessary components needed in a good emergency housing solution. If you are concerned about the victims of floods, consider donating to AMA’s favorite charity, Medecins Sans Frontieres, which provides aid through direct local action.