05 Mar '12, 2pm

Modular Refugee Housing Built from Shipping Pallets for $500 - $3000

Modular Refugee Housing Built from Shipping Pallets for $500 - $3000

From the Ikea-style pictorial instructions, to the adaptability of the design for either complete, affordable housing, or a more rudimentary transitional housing structure, it's clear this concept has been thought through in great detail. And in case anyone is wondering where folks would find shipping pallets in a disaster zone, the basic premise is that shipments of clothing, food and other emergency supplies will be arriving on pallets—so this design utilizes the waste from that process and upcycles it into one of the most important human needs of all—shelter. Because the pallets naturally have cavities, they allow for wiring and insulation to be added long after the basic structure was completed, often using vernacular materials such as mud, clay and stone from the surrounding countryside.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/modular-refu...

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