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March 7, 2011

ALBERT,JOHNSON: 2011.03.07_01

Our view on beginning this project so far:

This project ties into a larger body of research that we are working on in a different country but similar set of problems.

We have started on the design of the project and we gave it the title of "transitional comfort". This is a working title however for the lack of a better one at this point.

We are taking  a more global and general look at the problem of housing for the displaced. We are carefully reconsidering the idea of "housing" and the conditions in which it is used.  In addition to the basic criteria, which I will outline below, we are interested in specifically the qualities of the home that such a construction can replace. Once one's home is lost or is missing due to severe economic situations, the place to offer shelter must also become a place that offers a degree of comfort and security. In the same time the challenge is to create a "product" rather than architecture, that satisfies the quality of "comfort" while allowing for a high degree of customization and/or personalization that goes with the making of a "home".


The basic capacity of this construction must include the following:

            Easily assembled and inexpensive

            Light weight

            Earthquake resistant

            Mold and termite resistant

            Wind/Hurricane resistant

            Moisture resistant


Additional capacity of the construction:


            Home-like environment

            Product  that is mass produced

            Easily aggregated to create a larger system


Comments are welcome!

1 Comment

How about sustainable? Shouldn't it be made of sustainable materials?