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Alternate Methods of Emergency Housing as it Relates to the Crisis in Haiti

03/24/2010 5:30 AM

I thought I would bump the discussion in an effort to put it back on the daily digest.

As always feel free to copy or link to the other discussions:

The original thread Shipping Container Housing is over 1500 posts long

http://cr4.globalspec.com/thread/49244#newcomments

We started four threads for more detailed discussions after it became clear the original thread was getting too long

How to Install & Anchor Shipping Container Housing:

http://cr4.globalspec.com/thread/50522#newcomments

Methods For Installing Doors & Windows In Shipping Container Housing:

http://cr4.globalspec.com/thread/50523#newcomments

Drainage, Sanitation & Other Issues Related To Shipping Container Housing:

http://cr4.globalspec.com/thread/50525#newcomments

Potable Water In Conjunction W/ Shipping Container as Housing:

http://cr4.globalspec.com/thread/50537#newcomments

What Shelter Designs Work Using Corrugated Iron

http://cr4.globalspec.com/thread/50850/What-Shelter-Designs-Work-Using-Corrugated-Iron

Scrap ships as housing

http://cr4.globalspec.com/thread/51898/Ship-Breaking

The new Blog started by Clemson University:

http://www.seed-haiti.net/?page_id=2

Bioneers Forum

http://connect.bioneers.org/forum/topics/alternate-methods-of-emergency

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Re: Alternate Methods of Emergency Housing as it Relates to the Crisis in Haiti

03/24/2010 6:24 AM

Here is some of the contact information for the various political entities:

The Whitehouse:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

The US Senate:

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

The US Congress:

http://www.congress.org/

or

https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

The holder of the purse strings:

http://www.usaid.gov/contact.html

Here are some numbers Transcendian came up with to call with polite communications as people die. See if you can get something good to happen.

Try Beau Mills at 919-859-5999

Try Merorores at 212-370-4840 Haiti Mission to the UN.

Try Unicef at 1-800-486-4233

Try Countryman & McDaniel at 310-342-6500

Try Christian Lopez of Latino Housing Development at 716-881-7051

Try 212-963-1234 and see who you get and what they want you to do. It's the number for the UN.

Try 509-229-800 and ask for Kenneth H/Merten. He's one I aint got to bothering yet. See if he knows Raymond Joseph at 202-332-4070. (check number.) For USAID try 202-712-4007, ask for Mike.

Try 202-271-4416. Bette Cook.

The list is not in order. Mr. Lopez is attempting to get shipping container housing to Haiti, and deserves support. Countryman and McDaniels have information and contacts we need. We do need the UN to act right, but making that happen will be tough. USAID has already told us to go to hell, and all US Government agencys seem to defer to them

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Re: Alternate Methods of Emergency Housing as it Relates to the Crisis in Haiti

03/24/2010 8:41 AM

Here's some rendering Kyzine worked up

Being banned & consequently only being able to post as Guest, posting pics isn't an option for him.

Enjoy:

This is the Rome Courtyard Module Concept

The tarp is a scale to the population and storage (centre 1/2 buried containers),(4 on top are habitat)

The corners key the structure in place and do black and grey water functions - inc methane production.

2nd story 20's are up-water for ablutions and toilet and 'filtered' for potable supply.

Each container is vented - though not visible in these pics.
The top roofs would be sod - so imagine as lawn.
The balconies (sort of visible) and stairs (not shown) are recycled doors removed from abutting units.

I.e, I have not shown the full system - just the on flat ground stage 1 version.

The various gaps and voids have largely stage 2 and 3 reasons.

The idea - like Rome - is you build secure courtyards, that become blocks, that become suburbs.

This embodiment and concept is Kyzine IP.

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Re: Alternate Methods of Emergency Housing as it Relates to the Crisis in Haiti

03/24/2010 10:54 AM

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The Rome Courtyard Module Concept

Structure;
Hurricane and Earthquake


The corners key the structure in place and accommodate black and grey water functions - inc methane production.
The 'walls' are elevated on crushed rock or rubble to assure drainage but prevent wind ingress or vermin under.
Each habitat container is vented for hurricane driving rain conditions and has large lockable shutters for maximum ventilation at other times - though not visible in these pics.

Water;
The tarp is a scale to the population yearly averaged water demand.
The storage scaled to suit (8 centre 1/2 buried containers),(4 on top are habitat), (tarp furls in the gap during major storms)
Should the tarp not be in place, the courtyard is drained additionally via the through way doors - to prevent downpour flooding.

2nd story 20's are raw up-water for ablutions and toilet and a 'filtered' potable supply.

Heat;All is white or cream or beige.
The top container roofs would be sod - so imagine as lawn. The tarp is shade for the outdoor lifestyle. It is high enough not to be contaminated heavily, or to obstruct cooking, or to retain/reradiate heat.
Sustainability, Reconstruction and Growth
The idea - like Rome - is you build secure courtyards, that become blocks, that become suburbs.
Each is a minimal excavation for the population held.
Each is small enough to avoid differential stresses in tectonic events
Each is securable to resist invasion during the initial stages of any development, by those yet to be accommodated, and at later times in terms of theft.
Each is water, and shortly, fuel self sufficient - given methane appliances become available.
The balconies (sort of visible) and stairs (not shown) are recycled doors removed from abutting units - no extra containers (other potential habitats) are cut up to make a village.
Health and Welfare;
Gaps between stories are rammed earth - to deny rodent homes.
Door removal and abutting also avoids gap creation for vermin.

Each container is fitted with a system that allows; variable dividable partitioning to suit family numbers, hanging of lamps, mosquito nets, shelves, clothing and importantly food out of scavenger reach.
---------------------------------------------I.e, I have not shown the full system - just the on flat ground Stage 1 Quick Response version.

The various other large gaps and voids have stage 2 and 3 adaptive reasons.

This embodiment and concept is Kyzine IP.

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Re: Alternate Methods of Emergency Housing as it Relates to the Crisis in Haiti

04/01/2010 9:39 PM

Posting for Kyzine, since guests can't post Pics

Thanks Chris,

The part that's Haiti relevant are the central courtyard structures, which were commonly built, "stand alone" near a trade route, for taxation purposes.

The barracks, garrison, walls, earthworks, were extras, where resistance was occurring or anticipated. In event of conflict sufficient to overwhelm the defences, these 'courtyards' would be of little use as a "Keep". The whole design is however chock-a-block with Roman Command psychology, be that surrounded by thousands of well armed men, or stand alone at a rural intersection, or river crossing - like now is London.

So assuming our "invasion" of Haiti is better received - this is the bit to look at

The moderately secure module that can build into a suburban block.

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Re: Alternate Methods of Emergency Housing as it Relates to the Crisis in Haiti

04/01/2010 9:44 PM

I want one for myself!

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04/01/2010 9:56 PM

"Thanks Chris"

at 98 GA, thanks comes in the form of 2 more GA.

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04/01/2010 10:31 PM

Best a bad bunny can do old fellow - guest can't vote. Nor do they get GA count, no matter how many said guest has acquired - means not a toss.

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04/01/2010 10:39 PM

Thanks brother... its getting worse.. I'm going backwards.. now it is 97... oh well.

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04/02/2010 4:21 AM

Well you wern't exactly doing "Design Input" by the "Play on Words / Roman Fort Factor distraction re-run".

So a bit of a GA backfire, but as they say in the military, probably since 44 BC:

"Personal problem - see the Padre"

Kyzine

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04/02/2010 10:57 PM

This "Roman Courtyard" concept- actually quite common throughout Europe during the midddle ages and in Latin America during the colonial period, have significant advantages for the tropics. "Open air" living- i.e., cooking, even sleeping out of doors, is quite popular where air conditioning is a luxury beyond the means of the common resident (a lot of people that I know in the Tropics actually consider the inside of their house as a storage area, spending most of their time in the open air- even watching television on the front porch). The open courtyard provides not only a measure of personal security (discouraging robbers and thugs, since the bad guys can't see what is on the other side of the wall until they are inside), it also provides a sense of privacy for the residents of the compound, which can enhance dignity. The residents are more likely to "take ownership" of their private space, keeping it cleaner and neater than they would an open street access, where the general attitude would be that it is the responsibility of the government to keep the streets clean.

The down side is that a lot of social life occcurs on the front step in poorer communities...Limited opportunity for this function, but by putting shops and such on the street side of the compound, or open space on the street side, could possibly accommodate this important social function.

Couple this enclosed courtyard idea (one that has recurred frequently in the various threads) with stand-alone rain water supply and the "Honey Truck" sewerage disposal concept being discussed in methane thread, and the lack of municipal services is overcome.

This structure should be inherently hurricane-proof, if all of the containers are locked together, and the size of the courtyard is limited, since the winds will tend to flow over the courtyard opening. Keep your container openings (doors and windows) mostly facing the courtyard.

Oh, yes- one needs a fountain in the courtyard. Not only for esthetic purposes, but also as a part of the water treatment scheme (moving water discourages the accumulation of algae and breeding of mosquitoes), and the fact that a fountain can also provide some natural cooling for the enclosed area. This requires pumps, but smaller solar-powered pumps are becoming more common these days...

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Re: Alternate Methods of Emergency Housing as it Relates to the Crisis in Haiti

04/05/2010 8:24 AM

Structural food for thought:

http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/02/stackable-mobile-home-tower-takes-portable-housing-to-new-heights/

I realize that vertical designs have not been favored but there might be something in here of interest.

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04/05/2010 8:33 AM

reminds me of a book by Bucky [buckminster fuller]

he described it as the dymaxion house

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