Brooklyn firm Garrison Architects has unveiled a full-size prototype for post-disaster housing described as “a step forward in the way that cities respond to natural disasters” like hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.
The 15-hour installation involves transporting the modules to a site on the back of a lorry, craning them into place and plugging them into local utilities.
Developed for the New York City Office of Emergency Management,the modular housing is designed by Garrison Architects to be installed within 15 hours on any site, giving displaced city residents a temporary home without asking them to leave their community.
It follows in the footsteps of several initiatives launched in the wake of the hurricanes, from Brad Pitt’s Make It Right foundation, which featured housing by architects including Frank Gehry, to the Rebuild by Design project that will see Lower Manhattan’s storm defences upgraded by BIG.
Photography is by Andrew Rugge, archphoto.