Archinect - News 2017-07-22T02:56:46-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150018570/shigeru-ban-is-building-shelters-for-a-kenyan-refugee-settlement Shigeru Ban is building shelters for a Kenyan refugee settlement Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-20T13:14:00-04:00 >2017-07-20T15:13:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8y/8yckl66z4nd6pq9c.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Due to the large influx of refugees, sheet walls of many temporary houses have begun to wear out. And there are other major constraints. There&rsquo;s low water supply, deforestation, and extremely hot temperatures, and a rainy season which often results in heavy flooding. Plus Kalobeyei remote location creates many obstacles. There are no commercial flights to the area, and it can take up to 3 days to get there by road for the capital, Nairobi, where some materials may have to be sourced from.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Shigeru Ban has signed an agreement with UN-Habitat to design up to 12,000 new homes in the Kalobeiyei refugee settlement site in Northern <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/20495/kenya" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kenya</a>.&nbsp;Commissioned in response to the settlement&rsquo;s rapid growth, which is expected to outnumber its original capacity of 45,000 within a year, the new housing will need to be a replicable model adaptable to the influx of refugees fleeing violence and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/167905/climate-change/45" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">climate change</a> in South Sudan and Somalia.</p> <p><em>"The key thing will be to design and construct shelter where no or little technical supervision is required,&rdquo;</em> noted Ban<em>, &ldquo;and use materials that are locally available and eco-friendly. It&rsquo;s important that the houses can be easily maintained by inhabitants.&rdquo;</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150005441/take-a-look-at-the-tropical-island-themed-nuclear-shelters-popping-up-in-japan Take a look at the tropical island-themed nuclear shelters popping up in Japan Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-01T19:09:00-04:00 >2017-05-01T19:09:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/za/zaaxg7gga193ymy0.jpg" width="650" height="455" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In Japan, small companies offering custom-built underground nuclear shelters claim a boost in sales in recent weeks. Oribe Seiki Seisakusho, based in Kobe, western Japan, told Reuters it typically receive six shelter-building orders a year, but has received eight orders in April alone. Another company, Earth Shift, says it has received 10 times more inquiries for quotes this year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>North Korea has been busy launching missiles and testing nuclear weapons the past few weeks&mdash;and their flexing of power on the international stage has many worried. As fear of global conflict increases, their neighbor, Japan, is left particularly vulnerable due to its proximity to North Korea and its hosting of numerous U.S. military bases. Fear of a strike in the country is growing. Discussion of a possible missile strike and what to do have dominated TV talk shows and media in Japan in recent weeks as interest in regional television has spiked. Tokyo has encouraged local governments to carry out evacuation drills and Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe is currently in Moscow discussing the global response with Putin.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cx/cxk59jiizph3a662.jpg"></p><p>The growing threat of a nuclear attack has lead to a huge uptick in private nuclear shelters. One company, Oribe Seiki Seisakusho, which usually sells about six bunkers a year, has received eight orders in April alone. Earth Shift, another company specializing in fallou...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149988830/refugee-shelter-takes-top-prize-for-the-beazley-designs-of-2016 Refugee shelter takes top prize for the Beazley Designs of 2016 Julia Ingalls 2017-01-26T20:13:00-05:00 >2017-02-07T21:04:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ah/ahvjgip8djb2bzcn.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designed by Johan Karlsson, Dennis Kanter, Christian Gustafsson, John van Leer, Tim de Haas, Nicol&ograve; Barlera, the IKEA Foundation and UNHCR, the photovoltaic panel-powered refugee shelter "Better Shelter" has been named the Beazley Design of the Year, beating out the five other category winners to take the top spot.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x8/x8w9r77drl2iff8a.jpg"></p><p>According to a press release, 30,000 of the shelters, which only take a few hours to assemble from their two-box, fully equipped kit, are currently being used globally.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mu/munvilh0iin76quz.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5r/5rc9dii4hi5tyc7t.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945995/increasing-development-translates-to-more-homeless-housing Increasing development translates to more homeless housing Julia Ingalls 2016-05-18T13:06:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:48:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c8/c8t96831oqjnhkid.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Amazon donated an empty South Lake Union hotel for use as a homeless shelter, it was investing in a model that Mary&rsquo;s Place, the service provider, has perfected: turning vacant or transitioning buildings into temporary shelter.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to decades of research conducted on real-life case studies, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135208771/archinect-s-comparison-of-transient-oriented-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">providing housing for the homeless is actually cheaper than not doing so</a>. Thriving real estate markets also make it easier to provide permanent shelter, as noted in the article:</p><p><em>It&rsquo;s perhaps counterintuitive, but Executive Director Marty Hartman says the boom times for the local real estate market have created more opportunities for Mary&rsquo;s Place than the recession. As companies expand, it&rsquo;s development more than abandonment that stocks the vacant building pool.</em></p><p><em>Seattle officials have begun to pivot toward 24-hour shelters&nbsp;as a new approach toward the issue. This is modeled after San Francisco&rsquo;s Navigation Center, which houses people so they can devote their energy away from survival and toward creating stability in their lives.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ft/ftkv64fc2xcmb4jo.jpg"></p><p>For more on homelessness:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146268318/seattle-builds-village-for-the-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle builds village for the homeless</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147809321/los-angeles-approves-plans-to-tackle-homelessness-crisis-but-funding-is-still-unclear" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles approves plans to tackle homelessness crisis, but funding is still unclear</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943944/la-s-homeless-population-has-increased-by-11-in-a-single-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's homeless population has increased by ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/141208174/surviving-in-style-the-world-s-largest-private-doomsday-shelter-has-a-swimming-pool-wine-cellar-art-vaults Surviving in style: the world's largest private doomsday shelter has a swimming pool, wine cellar, art vaults Alexander Walter 2015-11-16T13:51:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T23:13:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sy/syl9m6j1jgy9c01r.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is The Oppidum, a massive 323,000 square foot property with plans for a spectacular estate. What lies hidden beneath, carved deep in the mountain is the largest residential doomsday shelter in the world. [...] The planned luxurious underground compound on two levels includes a total space of 77,500 sf with 13 foot high ceilings. The layout features one large 6,750 sf apartment and six 1,720 sf apartments. Construction on the secret facility began in 1984, at the height of the Cold War.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a8/a813b83d07a6ba85f8626485973f33be.jpg"></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139550129/it-s-the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it-and-i-feel-luxurious-high-end-apocalypse-shelters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's the end of the world as we know it (and I feel luxurious): high-end apocalypse shelters</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80457238/a-top-secret-czech-bunker-used-by-the-soviet-army-opens-to-the-public" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A top-secret Czech bunker used by the Soviet army opens to the public</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/35524198/subculture-of-americans-prepares-for-civilization-s-collapse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Subculture of Americans prepares for civilization's collapse</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/139550129/it-s-the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it-and-i-feel-luxurious-high-end-apocalypse-shelters It's the end of the world as we know it (and I feel luxurious): high-end apocalypse shelters Julia Ingalls 2015-10-22T20:14:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T18:37:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a1/a1gfk2zdb0s91c98.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Vicino's company built Vivos Indiana, an "impervious underground complex" built in a Cold-War-era nuclear shelter and kitted out with luxury amenities. The idea is that you sign up in advance and plunk down $35,000 per person ($25,000 for kids) to secure one of the 80 spots available within the shelter...you can survive for a year amidst leather couches, 600-thread-count sheets and gourmet chow.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Once through security, the aesthetic makes a drastic shift," notes the narrator of the Travel Channel's video profile of the Vivos Group's underground luxury shelter. Vivo, a company which specializes in creating luxurious accommodations for that rough, between-civilizations feeling, also has a top-of-the-line European version of their shelter, made specifically for "high-net worth families."&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115655555/the-anatomy-of-emergency The Anatomy of Emergency Alexander Walter 2014-12-10T14:33:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T18:10:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f8/f8e2e3b29c8e3dbdf8d3e3c587111961.jpg" width="650" height="636" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Of all the roles of government, emergency response may be the least controversial. When disaster hits, we expect our fire, police, and other public services to provide immediate relief. But as James McConnell, Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Data at the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM), reminds us, tactical effectiveness in a crisis requires more than boots on the ground, ready at a moment&rsquo;s notice.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/102731630/garrison-architects-develops-post-disaster-housing-prototype-for-nyc-residents Garrison Architects develops post-disaster housing prototype for NYC residents Justine Testado 2014-06-25T21:15:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T23:10:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8l/8lrt8r5zasg5ghge.jpg" width="624" height="462" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/garrisonarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garrison Architects</a> adds to the pressing topic of 21st-century disaster resilience for dense urban cities with their modular post-disaster housing prototype. Developed for the New York City Office of Emergency Management, the project aims to provide New Yorkers not only with reliable and adaptable emergency shelter, but also to keep residents close to their communities and reduce the necessity of long-term displacement.</p><p>More details on the prototype's design below:</p><ul><li>"The aim is to create a blueprint for post-disaster housing by utilizing the latest construction technology in conjunction with stringent requirements for safety, sustainability, durability, and universal design.</li><li>The five multi-story modules [that Garrison Architects designed] are infinitely flexible: they can be deployed in vacant lots, private yards, or public spaces. When needed, the modules are trucked to a site, craned into place, and plugged into utilities.</li><li>With 1- and 3-bedroom configurations, every unit features a liv...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/75895603/ikea-designs-a-better-home-for-refugees IKEA designs a better home for refugees Archinect 2013-06-26T12:03:00-04:00 >2013-07-11T14:49:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qk/qki3hlcjychqlnd3.jpg" width="650" height="416" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The prototype of the shelter is now being tested in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. The refugee families who would be making the shelter their homes will have a direct say in how the product is developed, putting their experience at the heart of this collaborative process.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/62338166/chinese-man-spends-whole-life-savings-building-very-own-noah-s-ark-over-fears-of-impending-apocalypse Chinese man spends whole life savings building very own 'Noah's Ark' over fears of impending apocalypse Archinect 2012-11-28T17:20:00-05:00 >2012-11-28T17:20:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fb/fbdd90a363e145af47442a0ee5b498ce.jpg" width="634" height="422" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The vessel, which has cost him &yen;1million (&pound;100,000), measures 21.2m long, 15.5m wide, 5.6m high and displaces about 140 tons of water. Lu, from Urumqi, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, admits it's not much to look at, but is confident it will serve its purpose.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/55006857/architecture-for-humanity-launches-philippines-floods-response-program-for-long-term-disaster-mitigation Architecture for Humanity Launches Philippines Floods Response Program for Long-Term Disaster Mitigation Archinect 2012-08-09T18:01:00-04:00 >2012-08-13T18:21:19-04:00 <em><p>On August 6, the Tropical Storm Haikui brought two days of heavy rains that caused massive flooding and landslides throughout the capital city of Manila in the Philippines. Over 800,000 people were evacuated from their homes and 250,000 people have moved into emergency shelters. [...] Architecture for Humanity is committed to helping communities in Manila rebuild and prevent future disasters. We need your help.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/10945745/diawa-lease-unveils-solar-powered-transforming-edv-01-prefab Diawa Lease Unveils Solar-Powered Transforming EDV-01 Prefab MikeChino 2011-06-23T15:44:47-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s2/s2p0ll9fozvxaq8j.jpg" width="537" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Diawa Lease just sent Inhabitat the first photos of their new transforming EDV-1 shelter, which can be set on any terrain, doubles in size with the flick of a switch, and can sustain itself without any outside resources for up to a month by catching and reusing water and generating electricity with a huge built-in solar array.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Diawa Lease just unveiled its solar-powered EDV-1 emergency shelter, which doubles in size with the flick of a switch and features a luminous LED facade.</p>