PALLAVI SWARANJALI, Carleton University
STEVEN BEITES, Laurentian University
KATIE GRAHAM, Carleton University
TED LANDRUM, University of Manitoba
FABRICATING IN SITU
SCOTT GERALD SHALL, Lawrence Technological University
NAHID AHMADI, Carleton University
DIETMAR STRAUB, University of Manitoba
JENNIFER SMITH, Auburn University
INCREMENTAL: Resilience through Disaster-Relief Housing
This research focuses on the large-scale issue of resilience through the small-scale lens of disaster-relief housing. Resilience is defined as an ability to recover
from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.1 The term applies to the built environment where communities are able to adapt and advance despite various
stresses.2 The topic is gaining international attention as the endemic effects of natural disasters are costing cities more money and damage due to vast concerns of
population growth, climate change and sea level rise, poor urban planning and increasing poverty. While resilience is a broad and often, ambiguous topic, this study
focuses on why disaster-relief housing plays a critical role in the health of our neighborhoods and cities.
Presently, the disaster-relief housing response is the same across the nation. The response for Miami mimics that of Manhattan though there are clear differences.
These nuances should be accounted for to allow the housing response to be permanent, durable and desirable for occupants. Housing should be of a particular place
and to an extent, a reflection of its occupants. These characteristics are ones that FEMA and similar response agencies strive for, but cost, timelines and deployment
options make them hard to achieve.
INCREMENTAL is an alternative model for disaster-relief housing as existing strategies struggle to adapt to a variety of local conditions. This is a prefabricated and
panelized housing model that is quickly deployed, compact for urban environments and can be assembled by local contractors. Disaster survivors may remain on
their properties, near schools and businesses and connected to existing social networks. The INCREMENTAL prototype explored in this study provides disaster-relief
housing for New York City residents by working within New York City’s building code, energy guidelines and specific vulnerabilities to grow a more resilient city.
1 Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published 2017. Retrieved from merriam-webster.com on Sept. 29, 2017.
2 100 Resilience Cities. Published 2017. Retrieved from 1 00resilientcities.org on Sept 29, 2017.
BRYAN HE, University of Manitoba
VALENTINA DAVILA, McGill University
LAWRENCE BIRD, Winnipeg
ELLEN GRIMES, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
NIKOLE BOUCHARD, University of Wisconsin
RYAN STEC, Carleton University
LANCELOT COAR, University of Manitoba
FEDERICO GARCIA LAMMERS & JESSICA GARCIA FRITZ, South Dakota State University
JOE KALTURNYK, Winnipeg
photo: Landon Lucyk [M2 Architecture]
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