“Natural disasters include all types of severe weather, which have the potential to pose a significant threat to human health and safety, property, critical infrastructure, and homeland security.” DHS (Department of Homeland Security)
Who provides aid after a natural disaster?
- American Red Cross
- Local Agencies
- Community Organizations & non-profits
Click here to see relief near you! – https://www.disasterassistance.gov/
Current models & locations of disaster relief housing:
- Trailer Homes
- Aircraft Hangars
- Corporate Spaces
- Places of worship
- Open Fields
- Parking Lots
Shigeru Ban is a Japanese architect who is renowned for his innovative solutions toward disaster relief. Ban is known for his use of cardboard tubes as the structural support within his buildings. In his home country of Japan, Ban created recycled cardboard partitions to be placed in school gymnasiums after the 2011 tsunami. [See Above Image]
“In 2016 Ban traveled to Ecuador to assist the rebuilding effort following a deadly earthquake, offering architectural training in the affected area. The year before he designed modular shelters for those made homeless in the wake of two devastating earthquakes in Nepal using wood, rubble, and straw.” Block, 2018.
Other Innovative Solutions to Disaster Relief Housing:
Architects and designers all over the world are consistently working to provide adequate shelter to those who have been directly affected by a natural disaster. See examples below of some of these innovative design solutions.
How Tiny Houses Provide Innovative Solutions:
Some of the core principles behind tiny houses on wheels are the affordability, mobility, and efficiency they provide. These are also some of the most important attributes to consider when providing disaster relief housing.
“Despite their humble size, both prefab and tiny homes have the potential to play a tremendous role in providing the necessary support and temporary—or even permanent—housing during the critical period after a natural disaster. This is due to a wide range of factors: their small size, their short construction timelines, their rigorous construction that can withstand road travel and crane installation (and therefore also resistance to future natural disasters), and their often local design and manufacturing.” Reggev. 2017
B&B’s Disaster Relief Housing:
B&B Micro Manufacturing is passionate about providing housing to those directly affected by natural disasters. Our relief shelters are mass-produced and can be shipped anywhere in the country. Making them the perfect solution for aiding in disaster relief recovery & temporary housing needs. Learn more HERE
Block, India. July 13, 2018. Dezeen.
Department of Homeland Security.
National Low Income Housing Coalition.
Reggev. Kate. Nov. 14, 2017. Dwell. https://www.dwell.com/article/how-tiny-and-prefab-homes-can-help-people-recover-after-natural-disasters-1e77e19a
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