Posts Tagged disaster relief

Japanese Post Disaster House

I was sent this by one of our reader (thanks Dallas!) and it is an awesome video about a quasi container house that can be deployed post disaster designed by the Japanese.

5 Minute House: Life Cube

So I realized this is the second or third time this month I have talked about emergency housing, but then something struck me. Did you know September is National Disaster Preparedness month? Here is an interesting emergency shelter that sets up in 5 minutes. What I really like is that yellow rails that makes the whole thing able to be rolled. It is a genius idea and makes so much sense in the real world.


Red House

Here is a House that is designed to be a quick deployment for disasters.  It might also be suitable to have while you build your Tiny House as it is designed to be put up quickly.

RED+HOUSING proposes an approach that tries to incorporate both the advantages of fast-response solutions, such as the deployment of military tents, with those of slower and more considered responses such as neighborhood reconstruction efforts involving local traditions and user construction.


They propose 10 key elements of a successful design and execution.

01. Universal Application
This prototype aspires to universal applicability. Its development contemplates a series of simple modifications that would make it a useful solution anywhere in the world: add insulation and a stove for cold climates; remove doors and windows for tropical climates; replace materials according with local availabilities, etc.

02. Effective Performance
The project makes economical use of materials by enlisting the structural strength of post-tensioning. The bamboo plywood strips of the dome support the enclosure, with the same force with which a bow propels an arrow into the sky.


03. Economical
The project proposes the use of locally available low-cost materials. The materials are always replaceable and are chosen for their performance rather than appearance. When working in different locations materials which become exotic can be replaced with ones that are locally abundant.

04. Transportable
All parts are collapsible to flats and can therefore be easily packed and transported.


05. Ease of Assembly
All connections are a simple friction bond of male/female parts which are then secured with a minimum of fasteners.

06. Renewable Materials
In China the project is proposed almost entirely in bamboo plywood, one of earth’s most renewable of materials. The cover fabric can also be considered as woven out of waterproof bamboo fibers.

inside sitting

07. Digitally Pre-fabricated
Digital pre-fabrication makes the project economical in its speed of production and also easy to assemble due to the precision of its fabrication.

08. Open Work
The cruciform house, while iconic, retains in its biaxial symmetry a certain ‘indifference’ that allows its easy recombination with other locally and diversely made structures.

door way

09. Urban/Rural
The geometry of the crosses, when deployed together in groups, defines in-between spaces of infinite flexibility that can suggest an ‘urban’ context for a field of houses. Likewise, if a house is erected by itself, the exterior of the cross creates spaces that mediate between interior and exterior providing a context for people to spend time outside.

10. Flexibility of Use
The geometry of the cross allows the inhabitation of the house as either 1, 2, 3, or 4 different units of housing.