Disaster relief: humanitarian architecture for post-disaster shelter ~Louise Murray, Engineering & Technology Magazine
In the field of humanitarian architecture, post-disaster provision is more than just supplying shelter. It’s about involving communities in places of uncertainty and rapid change, delivering the best rebuilds that incorporate future risk mitigation in the design.
“I’ve seen igloo-style shelters, or funky shipping container emergency housing in Sri Lanka, New Orleans and Port-au-Prince, where interior temperatures hit 42°C. Such universal or prototype solutions are also often prohibitively expensive. The concept is intellectually appealing, but almost never works.” ~Esther Charlesworth, founding director of Architects without Frontiers
Safe and dignified shelter is a basic human right, and in a post-disaster scenario provision is more than just putting a new roof over people’s heads and providing emergency shelter; it is about fit-for-purpose rebuilds that address the local culture, environment and economy. It is a complex task of rebuilding a community, or even a city, that may have had little in the way of adequate planning or building regulations before the disaster struck. The best housing will improve on what went before and incorporate future risk mitigation in the design. Read more.