Gallery: PREFAB FRIDAY: Reaction Housing Emergency Shelters

Reaction Housing Single Family Combination

Emergency shelters have rightly become a fad in the design world. In the aftermath of the hurricanes and other natural disasters in the last few years, it became clear we had a ways to go in providing safe and sturdy emergency shelters for victims. We’ve covered Paul Villinski’s Emergency Response Studio— a traveling artist studio that became a model for emergency shelters. And now, Michael Daniel, a Senior Designer at Frog Design’s Austin Studio, has designed, Reaction Housing, a line of dependable shelters that can be quickly and easily deployed and built– ready in time for the emergency.

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1 Comment

  1. christolles November 29, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    I don’t want to be a troll here, but this stinks of Accordion reCover:

    1. $5000 and reusable? Impossible.

    2. Props for building a full-size prototype, but the lack of technical specifications is worrying. How long is this supposed to last? What is it specifically made of? How does it fit into a shipping container? Can it only be loaded/unloaded from a truck one-at-a-time? Where does this “special umbilical line” come from?

    3. 1000 lbs of water in the floor isn’t helpful unless your slick click-in shell attachment points can handle 1000 lbs of force – extremely unlikely. The weakest link in the chain, etc.

    4. Ventilation? None.

    5. The idea of lockable emergency shelters is poorly considered and a security nightmare.

    Stuff like this is well and good for a student portfolio, but don’t try to pass it off as a real product. Besting FEMA a good emergency shelter does not make…

    Maybe the designer could speak up in the comments? A perhaps a little earlier in the game and without the personal insults like the reCover guy?

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