On October 8th a 7.6 magnitude earthquake caused massive devastation in the northern parts of Pakistan. Three major cities were completely destroyed: Muzaffarabad, Mansehra, Balakot and hundreds of villages are still unreachable by the rescue teams.
Currently the earthquake has claimed more than 86,000 lives, with over 80,000 injured. An estimated 3.3 million have lost their homes. There are critical concerns that the lack of treatment for many of those injured, combined with shortage of water and sanitation facilities will lead to increased fatalities.
In addition to various immediate relief efforts there is a critical need of creating long term housing for those displaced. With the harsh and cold winter that this area is susceptible to, there is a potential that many more people will die unless they have adequate shelter.
Human Assistance & Development International Inc., the parent organization of IslamiCity.com, has launched an initiative in cooperation with Gandhara Consultants, an architecture and construction firm based in Pakistan, to setup quick and effective earthquake resistant housing.
|Full presentation of the "Recovery Housing Project"|
A basic structure costs $520 and for the 1st Phase of this project the Government of Pakistan has authorized the building of 800 homes in village of Mula near Abbatabad.
You can help avoid a second tragedy for the victims of this earthquake
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So there are not enough Tents for the earthquake victims.
Alternatives should be considered like shipping containers , railway carriages etc.
container housing concepts
The reuse of shipping containers for housing has been of endless interest to architects, designers, and tinkerers worldwide for as long as the standardized containers have existed and such housing is common everywhere in the world -EXCEPT the US. Why this should be an oddity only here is something of a mystery considering the shipping container's ubiquity and common use here as an industrial enclosure. Whatever the hang-up may be, there are people here who have at least explored its housing possibilities, even if none have ever managed to realize anything as practical as what their counterparts in the rest of the world routinely do. The most well known American designer to have explored this concept is Colin Reedy who wrote an excellent article on the subject of containers used as the basis of Nomadic Housing for the EscapeArtist.Com web site. (http://www.escapeartist.com/efam16/Nomadic_Housing2000.html) The concept of Nomadic Housing -housing designed for rapid demountability and easy transport- has been of particular interest to the growing international Expatriate community who are intrigued by the idea of economical and practical housing which can be routinely transported from place to place around the globe along with all of an individual's possessions. The shipping container suits this idea quite well, though in practice no turnkey approach to this application has developed since there is no specific industry serving it -the corporate world generally oblivious to the existen