In the wake of a year fraught with natural disasters, we're at a time where developing effective and efficient emergency relief shelters couldn't be any more critical. Enter the Reaction Housing System - a rapid response emergency shelter that features a sturdy, minimalist design which allows for efficient deployment and quick arrival of safe and secure accommodations to areas affected by earthquake, fire, hurricane or other tragedies.
The kit's main component is a housing unit called Exo.
The unit is manufactured in two, easy to assemble pieces that can be fixed as standard living, office, individual, double door, and interconnected spaces.
Each Exo sleeps four people on single beds that fold and attach to the wall when not in use.
Portable power generators supply electricity to the units via magnetic connection clips.
Inside are four outlets to charge cellphones, a weather radio and AC, which provides extra comfort for the homesick.
The Exo's core components flat pack for efficient storage and transportation.
Twenty units can be nested on one 53 foot semi-truck trailer or one C-130 hercules (pictured) while 1,940 Exos could be moved across country on a freight train and soon provide housing for 7,760 newly homeless.
The Reaction Housing System is a cost-effective solution at $5,000 per unit. Compare this Epoch Homes' $32,000 core model or the sustainable and artistic FEMA Trailer project, which requires an investment of $65,000 for a four-person rig.
Transported in two pieces, the base (floor) and upper shell (walls and roof) simply latch together. Four people can move and assemble one shelter in just a few minutes. Tool and heavy-machinery free set-up means that an entire climate-controlled camp could be arranged in just a few hours.
Actual layout is flexible enough to meet the demand of local landscape, culture and conditions.
Some site configurations to consider would be standard rows, circular pods, and interconnected units.
Pods of Exos could create a sense of community, even in the most dreadful of circumstances.
The brilliance behind the Reaction Shelter System is its situational flexibility and diminutive dimensions.