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Flat Pack Prefabs Could Provide Relief in Haiti

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On January 29, 2010 @ 12:30 pm In Architecture,Disaster-proof design,humanitarian design,Prefab Housing,social design,Sustainable Building | 11 Comments

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The tragic earthquake in Haiti [2] has provoked a number of architects to think about how they can help with disaster relief [3]. One recent example we looked at was the SEED project, which uses shipping containers [4] as temporary housing. Now architect Andres Duany [5] has designed a fireproof, waterproof, and moldproof flat-pack temporary house that could easily be shipped to the ailing country.

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The composite construction homes, which measure 8’2″ x 8’2″ x 19’8, sleep eight using bunk beds. Additional modules can be tacked on for larger homes. Duany already has a prototype under construction in a Florida factory — the next step is to scout out potential sites in Haiti and get sponsorships to build, ship, and install the homes [3].

Duany has experience in disaster relief. The architect helped design and construct 3,000 homes after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and Mississippi. And he already has modular home company Innovida [7] lined up to help with the flat pack houses. Even if Duany only gets a few hundred of his houses out to Haiti, it’s always encouraging to see new, quality examples of emergency shelter.

+ Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co [5]

Via Jetson Green [8]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/29/flat-pack-prefabs-could-provide-relief-in-haiti/haiti/

[2] Haiti: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/21/solar-energy-powering-reconstruction-efforts-in-haiti/

[3] disaster relief: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/14/emergency-shelters-and-disaster-relief-for-the-people-of-haiti/

[4] shipping containers: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/19/shipping-containers-could-provide-disaster-relief-for-haiti/

[5] Andres Duany: http://www.dpz.com/

[6] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/29/flat-pack-prefabs-could-provide-relief-in-haiti/haiti-4/

[7] Innovida: http://www.innovida.com/

[8] Jetson Green: http://www.jetsongreen.com/2010/01/strong-flat-pack-prefabs-for-haiti.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+jetson_green+%28Jetson+Green%29

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