Proposed Disaster Relief Residence and Community Plan DESIGNED BY: cULLEN JOHNSTON & ANDREA SQUIER
To design econom ic al a n d com fortable t em por a ry housi ng t h at w i ll prov i de em ergenc y sh elt er for di sa st er reli ef v ic t i m s. Design i nspi r at ions to be ta ken f rom ex i st i ng com pac t li v i ng a r r a ngem en t s suc h a s c ru i se sh i p s, ho spi tal ro om s, dor m ro om s, pr i s ons, a n d mobi le hom es/ t r a i ler s. Th e u n i t s w i ll prov i de resi den t s w i t h a sense of hom e by usi ng design a n d m at er i als to c reat e feeli ngs of wa r m t h, com fort a n d sec u r i t y. Th ey w i ll offer acces si bi li t y, a n d a sense of com m u n i t y a s w ell a s pr i vac y. Th e com m u n i t y design w i ll offer en t erta i n m en t for c h i ldren a s w ell a s adu lt s. Sh elt er w i ll be prov i ded for com m u n i t y m eet i ngs a n d ac t i v i t i es. Opport u n i t i es w i ll be prov i ded for c h i ldren to i n t er ac t a n d dev elop fi ne motor sk i lls t h rough a K i n derC a re t y pe at mo sph ere . Th e ov er all proj ec t w i ll joi n t h e susta i nabi li t y effort by m i n i m i z i ng consu m p t ion of res ou rces a n d ta k i ng adva n tage of s ola r a n d w i n d pow er . t h e proj ec t w i ll c reat e a m i n i m al negat i v e i m pac t on ex i st i ng a n d su r rou n di ng en v i ron m en t s.
Proposed Disaster Relief Residence and Community Plan concept
Adaptive reuse, as its name suggests, is the adaptation of old structures for new
China with imported goods, then to pay to ship an empty container back to them.
purposes. In this case, our adaptation involves intermodal transit containers,
The government and the ports have actually voiced concern over the fact
or ISO shipping containers for the purpose of providing shelter to individuals.
that ports are running out of room to store the containers, and are at a loss
The interiors of the units can be converted to living and/or support spaces. The
as what to do with them. If the infrastructure that is inherent at commercial
units could then remain stored in their native state as sealed shipping contain-
ports was constructed elsewhere, adapted containers could be stORED there. This
ers. Needs, amenities, and other means of support can be made to easily connect
location would ideally be serviced by water, rail, and road. Containerized living
to the units, and in many cases, can even be shipped inside of the container, avail-
modules could then be transferred to areas that need them in a relatively short
able for immediate assembly at their intended destination. Units are to be utilized
amount of time. Time required for occupation between the initial delivery and
in emergency and disaster relief situations. While the intention and the hope is
containerâ€™s occupancy could be as little as a matter of days. nOT YEARS.
that their occupancy will be temporary, there exists the possibility that temporary by government standards could mean several years. It should also be noted
Some estimates put the number of individuals displaced from their homes in New
that many of the individuals who will be using these units likely have just lost
Orleans by Hurricane Katrina about equal to the number of empty shipping
all of their personal belongings, and possibly friends or family members. With
containers occupying space at the nationâ€™s ports. When one considers that a
these prospects in mind, the spaces are designed to be not only compact and func-
single container would suit the living needs of two individuals at a minimum,
tional, but also a comfortable substitution for their home.
there are more than enough containers to fulfill the needs of a large influx of people. How different the aftermath of one of the largest natural disasters
Containers can be shipped via standard methods, and can be stacked and loaded
in our history might have been if there was a large supply of housing readily
as normal. There is actually an excess of empty shipping containers at ports all
available for just such an event.
over the United States, due largely in part to our trade imbalance with Asia. Many claim that it is actually less expensive to purchase a new container from
Proposed Disaster Relief Residence and Community Plan PERSONAL STATEMENT
Proposed Disaster Relief Residence and Community Plan PRECEDENT ANALYSIS
HISTORY & SIMILAR PROJECTS