Category Archives: Humanitarian

Project R (The Rubble House)

One of my readers pointed me to this gabion house and a few others. It looks like there’s a lot of potential for using gabions in housing. Thanks John! “Project R involves entrapping rubble in wire mesh cages and developing the Gabion system normally used for retaining walls into a simple architectural system, in order […]

Life Cube – Inflatable Tiny Home

This is a clever idea. It’s a tiny emergency shelter that comes in a 4’x4’x4′ box that can be rolled by hand to the desired location for setup. The total interior space is 144 square feet. Life Cube – Inflatable Tiny Home

Earthbag Projects in Haiti

Two earthbag home projects are underway in Haiti and are being blogged about at and Read more about these Earthbag Projects in Haiti on the Earthbag Building Blog.

Arial Home Rocket Stove and Rain Water Collection

The folks at Arial Home have posted a couple short videos on YouTube that show how they heat water with a rocket stove and collect rain water from the roofs of their tiny prefab homes. Arial Home Rocket Stove and Rain Water Collection Videos

Affordable Strawbale Homes

PAKSBAB, a non-profit organization, is building these earthquake resistant small houses in Pakistan. They measure 25′ by 25′ and can be built for about $2,250 in materials. Also read about PAKSBAB on Inhabitat. Affordable Strawbale Homes

University of Maryland students head to Haiti

Some students from the University of Maryland will be spending a week in Haiti demonstrating how to build these sturdy earthbag shelters. Earthbag Shelter Training

Rapid Deployment Structures

Codding Steel and Bill Kastrinos (Tortoise Shell Home) collaborated on this prototype for a low cost prefab metal and wood building system that could be used in disaster situations. Rapid Deployment Structures

Cabins for Haiti

This is a prototype of a flat pack cabin being built for deployment to Haiti. The plan is to setup a factory near Port-au-Prince and donate 1,000 of these homes to Haiti. Cabins for Haiti

Haiti House

Here’s an interesting housing solution, a flat pack home that measures 7′ 6″ wide by 18′ 6″ long. It’s lightweight and has a strong steel structure. One of the coolest features is that it sets up in 15 minutes without power tools. Thanks for the tip David! Haiti House, a flat pack home

Spontaneous Architecture Challenge: Rebuild Haiti

Designers are uniting to come up with ideas for rebuilding Haiti. This competition is not just focused on architecture though, they are looking at the big picture from infrastructure to institutions. Spontaneous Architecture Challenge: Rebuild Haiti

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