Gallery: AirDrop House Emergency Shelter for Flood-Afflicted Areas


The Airdrop House is a complete housing kit made from sponge-like material that starts at 1 meter in diameter. Capable of being carried by a standard military aircraft, the spheres are dropped from the air into the water and weighted so they land right-side up. The spheres are light enough to move around, and as they travel they soak up and filter the polluted flood waters.

Once the houses are set, they begin to take root into the ground and can expand up to 7 meters in diameter – as they dry the spongy material hardens. Seeds are embedded in the foam polymer that begin to bud once they hit the silt rich flood waters, eventually providing shade for the home and a source of food production.

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.

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  1. sarlei November 15, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Great idea,
    what happens if it is dropped into sewerage or radioactive water, or flood waters pickup and carry away?
    what is the benifit to international communities?
    what is the benefit to the military?
    what stage two programs do you have to offer that wil wein the occupants off this structure onto another one, either at all or sooner? (persons in australia and america and other countries are living in and have been living in temporary structures for years……

  2. qwerty October 18, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    thus us soo cool (im at school)

  3. margareth santos September 15, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Olá, sou artista plástica , moro no Brasil e com materiais recicláveis Trabalho HÁ Mais de 10 anos.Trabalho registrando uma flora ( espécies de orquídeas em especial ), através de esculturas. Tenho jardim maravilhoso um, com Mais de 150 PET trabalhado com o material espécies .
    Gostaria de contatar com voces .

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