Disaster Relief Housing
Design a permanent and sustainable disaster relief home.
Project Title: Disaster Relief Housing
Designer: Alex Hammel
Title: Technology Education Teacher
Company: De Pere High School De Pere, Wisconsin
This project was designed to support the goals and objectives of Heifer International, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to help people obtain a sustainable source of food, income, and housing.
Over the centuries human beings have improvised countless ways to provide shelter from the storm. The need for shelter draws on the most basic human need for survival. Disaster relief housing started with prehistoric man who sought refuge in caves and primitive shelters made from sticks and tree bark. Today's disaster-relief housing combines new technology with green building materials to produce concepts such as the Katrina Cottages, shipping container housing, sandbag homes, prefabricated modular homes, monolithic domes, and, in a category of its own, Remistudio's massive Floating Ark, designed to address the world's rising sea levels.
In this project, you are called in to provide a solution for emergency housing in response to a disaster that has left many people in your community homeless. The local shelter can house people for a short term, but they are crowded and have limited resources. There is an urgent need to move these people into permanent housing quickly, and affordability is a concern.
In a series of videos, technology teacher Alex Hammel guides you through the hands-on creative process of designing permanent disaster-relief housing. You must consider key elements for your design such as the needs and wants of the inhabitants, sustainable building materials, how long it will take to build, aesthetics, and safety and durability of the home should this disaster happen again. You search the Internet for solutions that have already been tried and then come up with your own solution that improves on all the others.
Following Alex's lead, see if you can come up with a standard disaster-relief home design that can be assembled quickly and is inexpensive, sustainable, attractive, and durable. Incorporate as many sustainable design features into the home as possible such as green building materials, energy efficient power, and storm water recycling. Use your primal survival instincts to create something bold and radical!
Alex Hammel teaches state-of-the-art engineering and architecture courses at De Pere High School in De Pere, Wisconsin, where they partner with the local technical college. Students who graduate from the De Pere program receive not only high school credits, but earn college credits as well. Alex is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Stout with a degree in Technology Education with an Emphasis in Architecture and Construction.
Go to the Project Packet page to download all the project files, view the project in real-time 3D and read the Project Brief.