Fast Form Shelters: Emergency Housing That Locks Into Place


After the Haiti earthquake, this structure was designed as a fast form of shelter post-disaster. It involves a large roof that can collect rainwater and a system of mirrors to create steam. It’s completely constructed by fiber board and can be made in less than five hours. It requires no nuts or bolts to assemble.

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It is cheap, and easily manufactured through CNC, turning CAD drawings into XYZ 

coordinates. In five hours, having shelter can mean a lot for those that generally don’t

On the downside, there are over 2500 parts to the building, which in a post-disaster environment makes it questionable that it could be constructed easily. We also question it’s use compared to something more short term like tents. Would this be a universal replacement or would it be simply situational? have proper shelter for days after a disaster. It can be used for longer than traditional tents. It also takes into account the intense stress put on the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector after a disaster by automatically gathering rainwater.

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Pieter Stoutjesdijk

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Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson

Eric is an editor, writer, and community organizer based in Guelph, Canada.

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