Urgent Architecture

Urgent Architecture

40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for A Changing World

Book - 2013
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How can we adequately provide housing when disaster strikes, whether that disaster is weather related, like hurricanes, floods, and droughts, happens in a matter of minutes from an earthquake or tsunami, through a slow process like rising sea levels, or is the result of civil disorder or poverty? There is an urgent need for safe, sustainable housing designs that are cheap to build, environmentally friendly, and hardy enough to withstand severe environmental conditions. Not only is there climate change to contend with, but there are millions of people, right now, who do not have safe or adequate housing. In Urgent Architecture Bridgette Meinhold showcases 40 successful emergency and long-term housing projects--from repurposed shipping containers to sandbag homes. She surveys successful structures as well as highlighting promising projects that are still being developed. Every one is quickly deployable, affordable, and sustainable. This book is an essential resource for those who are interested in green building, sustainable design, eco-friendly materials, affordable housing, material reuse, and humanitarian relief.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, c2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393733587
Branch Call Number: 720.47 M514
Characteristics: 256 pages : collor illustrations ; 26 cm


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Apr 16, 2019

A fascinating book of pictures and stats about sustainable architecture for living spaces, ranging from tents and other units for disaster relief or the homeless to “luxury” (but relatively inexpensive!) “green” condominiums and houses. Some of the more interesting to me are: a house built from industrial pallets; the “urban tulou” (an entire sustainable city modelled on traditional Chinese fortress architecture, updated); several earthen-roof houses built partially underground; homes made from shipping containers (but surprisingly upscale-looking), and the LIFT house, self-sustaining and built to withstand flooding in Bangladesh by rising with the floodwaters on sliding scaffolds. For some reason the sustainable dome-homes aren’t mentioned, that have gotten a lot of press lately (mostly for resembling the homes in the Star Wars movies). But never mind, some of these are just as cool, and the more basic ones for disaster relief (etc.) are steps in a great direction.

Dec 02, 2017

Insulation from sandbags? Disaster relief housing from shipping containers? Quonset-style housing from wooden pallets? These are only a few of the 40 housing solutions illustrated in photographs and elevation drawings in this timely volume that would easily appeal to the tiny house crowd. Designs are sourced from teams in Chile, Italy, Mongolia, Haiti, South Africa, and the US, to name a few.
The author has degrees in civil, mechanical and environmental engineering and is currently a freelance writer covering sustainable design. The book is divided by house type:
Rapid Shelter|Transitional Shelter|Affordable Housing|Prefab Housing|Adaptable Housing,
and provides a brief explanation of design development and implementation. Whether you want to help Puerto Rico recover from Maria or you want to investigate sustainable designs for your vacation property, this is a sweet spot to start.


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