Disaster Relief Module. designed by, amanda veliotis
completed on 07 may 2009
second semester freshman year for our final project we were assigned to design a disaster relief module out of a shipping container. a lot went into this project; picking a location prone to disasters, researching that location, researching shipping container living spaces, and then designing the shipping container sustainably! ill take you from start to finish, this will be a long post but an awesome one, enjoy! -av
of course, i chose the gulf coast. i was super excited to do this project since i had just got back from katrina relief in mississippi. our trip was centered in waveland, mississippi, being one of the hardest hit areas of the hurricane.
heres the low down about hurricane katrina. it was the most expensive natural disaster in united states history. 1.2 million people were evacuated from their homes and there was over 75 billion dollars in damage.
Katrina; the most destructive
and costliest natural disaster in the
history of the United States.
katrina in waveland: waveland is considered mississippi's ground zero, news reports stated that waveland took a harder hit from the wind and water than any other town along the gulf coast, and was left obliterated. after the storm, only 35 homes were left habitable. waveland was ht directly by the eye wall of katrina and the storm surge, estimated at 32 feet high. waveland still to this day is in a slow recovery process.
now that i had my location, i needed a concept. i stumbled upon this information. early observers noted "life in waveland is simple, gravitating lazily around swimming, fishing, and house parties." in 1872, there was a well known vineyard in waveland established by fred w. brown. it was known for its scuppernong wine and champagnes. a beautiful orchard and colony of alligators added color to the oldest and largest vineyard on the coast. with these sentences i envisioned a beautiful space of shades of greens and purples, a space where families just struck with disaster could relax and feel at ease. my concept became "the way it was".
now that you understand my concept, let get going with the design of the actual shipping container. below is the floor plan. the shipping container is approx. 8' x 20'. one of the biggest obstacles was space planning, the other was the budget.
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shower constructed of the same bedrock 100% recycled glass tiles as the kitchen.
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