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Colleen McDonough

Colleen McDonough

Pittsburgh, PA, US

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Disaster Relief: A Psychological Approach to Temporary Housing, Spring 2012

There are many aid organizations in the world providing post-disaster care. There are even more opinions about how the care should be administered. Food and clean water are non-negotiable, but the issue of shelter is often a great source of controversy. A portion of the debate is rooted in what type of shelter is preferable after a natural disaster. Typically, people live in temporary housing for a period of time longer than initially intended. The current opinion of many non-government organizations (NGOs) is to skip the temporary housing phase of recovery and move straight into building permanent public infrastructure. This proposition seems ideal, but becomes problematic in execution for those in inadequate situations while politicians debate infrastructure improvements. Temporary housing after a disaster is something that is going to develop whether or not NGOs authorize it. A type of temporary housing that can adapt to its inhabitants is needed. A house that is able to arrive at the site of the disaster quickly. A house that isn’t made with toxic agents. A house that will utilize the principles of light, air, and quality materials to facilitate a healthier living experience.

 
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Status: School Project
Location: Antofagasta, Chile; Van, Turkey; Padang, Indonesia
My Role: Student

 
Assembly Diagram
Assembly Diagram
Floor Plan
Floor Plan
Site Section
Site Section
Presentation Board
Presentation Board
Presentation Board
Presentation Board
Presentation Board
Presentation Board
Presentation Board
Presentation Board
Cultural Site Analysis Study
Cultural Site Analysis Study
The Psychological Stages of Disaster
The Psychological Stages of Disaster
The Architectural Stages of Disaster
The Architectural Stages of Disaster
Final Presentation
Final Presentation
Final Presentation
Final Presentation

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