Sprung provides disaster recovery applications to hurricane-affected communities worldwide. Classrooms and gymnasiums, permanent or relocatable solutions for school districts effected by disasters. Government agencies, non-profit and non-governmental agencies, and disaster relief organizations have already made Sprung their first choice for instant building solutions. A Sprung structure is ideal for disaster recovery operations that require immediately deployable buildings for temporary emergency applications. Emergency settlements made up of flimsy, impersonal white tents could be a thing of the past as architects offer up incredible designs for disaster shelters that are portable, easy to assemble, durable, comfortable, adaptable and made of eco-friendly materials.
Not only is the Recovery Hut a quick-assembling modular structure made from four stackable sections that weigh no more than 60 pounds each – it’s also fully recyclable, eliminating the waste that can come from a disassembled emergency settlement. They may be small and squat, but MyHab shelters offer respite from the elements – and they’re multi-purpose. After a disaster, members of a community – especially family units – feel a strong need to band together and communicate. Making use of materials that are free and readily available locally is perhaps the best plan possible for emergency shelters, which makes pallets a great choice.
Giving victims of natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes paper houses may seem like a cruel joke, but paper-centric architect Shigeru Ban has proven that paper tubes are a strong, durable, cheap and simple way to build emergency shelters. Sturdy, inexpensive and surprisingly cool-looking, the accordion-like ReCover Shelter by Mathew Malone is made from food-grade recyclable polypropylene that is folded and stacked for easy transport and is quickly and easily erected by just one person. In the aftermath of a disaster such as a tsunami or earthquake, few things are more comforting than a warm, dry place to sleep. For $35,000 you may expect a more permanent housing solution, but this recyclable cardboard house is an impressive temporary shelter.
Following a disaster, displaced people may find themselves crowded together in inadequate or makeshift shelters. When climbing a mountain or hiking in a remote region, it’s not unusual to see emergency shelters dotting the landscape. For about $100, refugees can be sheltered in Hexayurts: sturdy and space-economical structures meant to temporarily house those in need. The sphere design might the one that is more effective for victims of typhoons and other natural disasters in the third world countries.
These shelters, designed by Michael Daniel, are designed to be quickly deployed and (because they are flat packed) many can be shipped to the disaster area at one time. This shelter is made out of a lightweight plastic skin that is put on over an aluminum frame.


Beefier than the first two shelters, the Green Horizon Prefab is also environmentally friendly, made from recycled materials, outfitted with solar panels, greywater recycling, wired for utilities and made of prefabricated parts.
This first response emergency shelter is super easy to transport and set up requires only one person.
Conceived by Shelter Architecture in collaboration with Architecture for Humanity, this completely off-grid prefab unit, can provide water, sanitation and renewable generated power.
While we don’t know yet what kind of emergency shelters are being deployed to aid the people of Haiti, we hope that relief organizations are much better prepared than in previous situations and can offer Haiti the help they need.
There may be places where people in emergencies already have access to what they need to build their own gertees.
Haiti and other area not only need great emergency shelters but long term rebuiding of homes..
I applaud any action that is taken in regards to thinking of future housing with these kind of disasters.
An emergency shelter interior LINER-SHELTER, designed to fit into the shipping container, could bridge the gap between the steel outer shell, which is strong and provides durable protection against the elements, and the human safety, comfort and dignity requirements within. I find it interesting you didn’t mention ShelterBox, which is one of the more successful agencies with regards to on the ground deployments. Architects Deborah Gans and Matthew Jelacic  created this compact concept for the Architecture for Humanity competition after studying both immediate and long-term disaster housing and realizing that permanent homes are often constructed around emergency settlements. I-Beam created this emergency shelter using pallets for the walls, ceiling, floors and even some built-in furniture inside.
These designs, however, go above and beyond the standard stock emergency shelters in providing more efficient, affordable and all around more interesting living quarters. Concrete Canvas shelters go a step beyond tents and other short-term shelters with a lifespan of approximately 10 years. Housing the affected population is a difficult prospect when there is no money and few supplies to construct temporary shelters. Studio D‘s concept for temporary shelters would give each person their own living space and a place to keep their own possessions. These temporary emergency shelters come packed two to a shipping container and can be delivered via truck or cargo ship. These shelters have helped plenty of people escape harm in case of avalanches or stay safe while awaiting rescue for some other type of emergency. The temporary housing unit incorporates a PV film and inflatable structure, making it an ideal way to house displaced urban victims of natural disasters. Hours are precious, and if affected people can be housed right away the impact of a disaster can be greatly minimized.


The Cocoon Emergency Shelter from designer John Moriarty is intended to keep you warm and safe until help arrives. The shelters usually available in refugee situations are tents, which are obviously of limited utility in extreme weather situations. The country still has an incredibly long road ahead of them – first, in rescuing survivors and then providing them with safe, healthy and environmentally friendly shelters.
Made out of polypropylene, the shelter can form many shapes and provide relief for up to 4 people, while rainwater can be collected from the folds. It’s designed to support victims after a disaster as a mid-term shelter, rather than as a first response. With limited need for foundations and attractive energy-efficient insulation packages available, Sprung structures are also easily dismantled and relocated for any future disaster recovery needs. The shelters use common materials and are simple to erect, making them an ideal choice for housing and protecting those made homeless due to any type of disaster. The reCover shelter is designed to be a first-response shelter for those forced from their homes due to disasters or evacuations. You usually don’t hear about a lack of shelter in disaster areas or refugee camps, you hear about a lack of food, water, fuel, sanitation, and security. This is a result of a project when revisiting the first attempt at shelter for displaced people, when under the pressure of time and realization. Since Hurricane Katrina, a number of individuals and companies have worked to develop new and improved emergency relief structures.
While it doesn’t include a utility hookup, beds or renewable energy generation, it does provide a quick roof over disaster victims heads. Designed by Adrian Ariosa and Doy Laufer, the mobile skyscraper is on an all-terrain amphibious vehicle base that transports the pop-up tower structure to the emergency site.
Family groups get shelter from the elements and privacy but also companionship; a sense of community remains intact despite all they may have lost. Photovoltaic cells and a rainwater collection system make these shelters the ideal way to deliver functional housing to any disaster site.
Also, that design really has the potential to not only be an emergency shelter but can be utilized as an actual home… long term rebuilding. Golden Ears Emergency Station, on the right, is located in Golden Ears Provincial Park, British Columbia.



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