Although basic relief assistance in Haiti after last week’s devastating earthquake is far from over, many in both the humanitarian and architectural fields are thinking ahead to the rebuilding and reconstruction stages. As MNN business blogger Melissa reported earlier, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has pledged to help and the San Francisco-based nonprofit Architecture for Humanity has initiated massive fundraising efforts. But what about the need for immediate, emergency housing to shelter the thousands of displaced people in and around the decimated capital of Port-au-Prince?
The team behind the Clemson University School of Architecture’s SEED project may have the answer in the form of repurposed, temporary shipping container homes. SEED was initially envisioned as a project that utilize the over 300 million shipping containers sitting empty at ports around the world and house those displaced by hurricanes in the Caribbean. Now, the SEED team believes shipping containers can also provide similar relief in earthquake-prone areas. But can SEED step in soon enough to provide emergency shelter when it is needed most? via – Mother Nature Network