Emergency housing

Tour NYC’s First Prefab Emergency Housing Units (PHOTOS)

Tour NYC’s First Prefab Emergency Housing Units (PHOTOS)

The term "emergency housing" can have a negative connotation, conjuring up images of FEMA trailers or makeshift tents offering very few creature comforts. Fortunately, New York City and Garrison

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PHOTOS: Post-Disaster Housing Units Unveiled in New York

PHOTOS: Post-Disaster Housing Units Unveiled in New York

It may seem like Hurricane Sandy was quite a while ago now, but many people are still displaced after losing their homes in the storm. In order to make sure the city is better prepared for future

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Flat Pack Tables Fold into Origami Shelters in the Event of a Disaster

Flat Pack Tables Fold into Origami Shelters in the Event of a Disaster

The immediate days after a disaster are the most critical since victims need supplies and materials ASAP. Rather than wait for help to arrive with shelters, Architecture Global Aid wanted to create a more

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Help Reaction Housing Send Stackable Exo Emergency Shelters to Refugees in Syria!

Help Reaction Housing Send Stackable Exo Emergency Shelters to Refugees in Syria!

The Exo Shelter is inspired by the humble coffee cup - a sturdy, stackable, insulated object that is easily transported and utilized to deliver life-saving sustenance. Turn that coffee cup upside down and

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IKEA’s Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters Approved for Syrian Refugee Housing

IKEA’s Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters Approved for Syrian Refugee Housing

Earlier this year, Scandinavian flat pack furniture masters IKEA unveiled an easily deployable solar-powered shelter that can provide sturdy, safe housing in an emergency. Designed in collaboration with

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New Prefab Disaster Housing Prototype to Be Tested Out in NYC

New Prefab Disaster Housing Prototype to Be Tested Out in NYC

New York City wasn't ready when Hurricane Sandy hit last year, but city officials are hoping that a new prefab disaster housing prototype will help them prepare for the next big storm. Part of the Office

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BVN Donovan Hill’s Wooden Emergency Shelter Pops-up in Federation Square, Melbourne

BVN Donovan Hill’s Wooden Emergency Shelter Pops-up in Federation Square, Melbourne

How good design can have a role in the healing of a community has been conceptually explored by BVN Donovan Hill in their first working prototype of an emergency shelter. The design is part of

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Shipping Container-Inspired Homebox is a Tiny, Movable 3-Story Vertical Home

Shipping Container-Inspired Homebox is a Tiny, Movable 3-Story Vertical Home

Han Slawik based his Homebox on the shipping container model for its transport capabilities, universal dimensions and usefulness. But at the same time, wear, repair and maintenance of steel materials is

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QuickHab Is a Flat-Pack House for Emergency or Low-Income Housing

QuickHab Is a Flat-Pack House for Emergency or Low-Income Housing

After the Gulf Coast was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, FEMA provided temporary trailers to displaced people in Louisiana and Mississippi, which turned out to be not only inadequate but also a

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Modular Cardboard Bed Provides Solutions for Emergency Housing

Modular Cardboard Bed Provides Solutions for Emergency Housing

The bed is formed from modular cardboard boxes folded together and then laid side by side. To make the box, two intersecting cardboard strips fold together to form an accordion support system. Then a

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Survival Rooms Are Disaster Proof Prefab Capsule Units That May Save Lives

Survival Rooms Are Disaster Proof Prefab Capsule Units That May Save Lives

Survival Rooms are container-sized units that offer total disaster protection within enclosed capsules. These self-sufficient emergency life support systems by Phil Pauley were designed to withstand

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FIRST PHOTOS: Solar-Powered Transforming EDV-01 Emergency Shelter Unveiled!

FIRST PHOTOS: Solar-Powered Transforming EDV-01 Emergency Shelter Unveiled!

The high-tech shelter is designed to provide a sustainable source of vital resources on-site. Four hydraulic legs quickly stabilize the structure on rugged terrain, and an outer wall rises to create a

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EDV-01: Robotic Emergency Shelter is Entirely Self-Sufficient

EDV-01: Robotic Emergency Shelter is Entirely Self-Sufficient

Japan just unveiled the future of emergency housing in the form of the Emergency Disaster Vehicle, or EDV-01. The innovative design is fully-automated, capable of automatically doubling its size, and can

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Nano Rescue House Provides Flexible Emergency Housing

Nano Rescue House Provides Flexible Emergency Housing

We've seen a lot of prefab homes designed for emergency habitation, but the Nano Rescue House is one of the most thoughtful designs we've seen yet. Each Nano can nearly double the living space by using a

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Floating Container Houses Proposed for Pakistan Flood

Floating Container Houses Proposed for Pakistan Flood

The flooding of Pakistan was yet another tragedy that added to this year's surge of natural disasters, and with 21 million people injured or homeless, we still have an emergency on our hands. Richard

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Emergency Housing Made from Structural Steel Insulated Panels

Emergency Housing Made from Structural Steel Insulated Panels

OceanSafe, a maker of Structural Steel Insulated Panels (SSIP), and The ReGen Group recently unveiled the winner of their New Orleans Sustainable Design Competition, which challenged architects to design

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AirDrop House Emergency Shelter for Flood-Afflicted Areas

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

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Pop-Up Village for Haiti Made From 900 Shipping Containers

Pop-Up Village for Haiti Made From 900 Shipping Containers

Haitian Canadian musician Luck Mervil is leading the charge to help rebuild Haiti with houses made from repurposed shipping containers. Mervil is behind the Montreal organization Vilaj Vilaj, which wants

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Eco Emergency Shelter Built Entirely From Shipping Pallets

Eco Emergency Shelter Built Entirely From Shipping Pallets

In a brilliant example of material reuse I-Beam has created a sustainable emergency shelter built completely out of shipping pallets. Originally designed as temporary housing for refugees of the Baltic

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Dune Hotel Provides Prefab Accommodation Where You Want To Be

Dune Hotel Provides Prefab Accommodation Where You Want To Be

The Dune Hotel is a prefab modular idea that is intended to fill urban niches and go where the action is. Emerging Brazilian Architect Guilherme de Vasconcelos wants us to take a look at those unused

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Earthquake Resistant Tire Earthships for Haiti Disaster Relief

Earthquake Resistant Tire Earthships for Haiti Disaster Relief

Early in July, Reynolds, two builders and a cameraman journeyed to Haiti to do research and see what could be done. They ended up building a whole house with the help of 40 locals, ranging in age from

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Mfinity Releases microSYSTEM

PREFAB FRIDAY: Mfinity Releases microSYSTEM

About a year after Hurricane Katrina, we featured architect Carib Daniel Martin's H.E.L.P. emergency shelter, a modular concept he developed to solve the challenges of widespread and sudden homelessness

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PREFAB FRIDAY: CLEAN HUB

PREFAB FRIDAY: CLEAN HUB

The Clean Hub, “a new prototype for sustainable infrastructure” conceived by Shelter Architecture in collaboration with Architecture for Humanity, and designed and built by architecture

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