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Given that emergency disaster relief housing and housing for people in slums is another type of emergency.

Would it not be a good idea to make prefab housing units which would last for say three months up to six months and then replaced as necessary?

In essence, people in slum areas and people in disaster areas are reduced to living in basic conditions before they can start to create better. So such "throwaway prefab housing" would give a breathing space to help people.
Frank John Snelling
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Prefabricated housing
A very good idea indeed, though I think one must look into the aspects of catering to people in different climates.

Also, since most of the time, the victims are themselves volunteers for constructing their own homes, this initial shelter may be made so as to accommodate it as a unit in the future home.
Abhishek Mathur
Prefabricated housing
Abhishek,

Thank you. I think it is time that urban slums are recognised as being "disaster areas" where people need help to survive and live better.

Given that people move from the rural areas into urban areas because there are fewer (or no) opportunities in the rural areas to improve their lives. Then long-term there needs to be more active development of the rural areas to counteract such movement.

In the short term, allowing people to live in slums actively works against any cultural development because morality becomes meaningless when your hopes and dreams slowly wither away.
Frank John Snelling
Prefabricated housing
Hi Frank,

Sorry, I think I misinterpreted you earlier. I thought you were speaking about the disaster hit victims.

Slums in the city are a different ballgame. Hmm, let us see then my reading of the prefab housing units.

I think before we can elaborate on the kind of housing, let us establish the goal of such an endeavour. Dignity- that is what every one wants. A house provides that apart from just the basic need.

'Throwaway' prefab housing doesnt sound dignified at all to me. I think in fact that a self-proclaimed slum settlement should not exist. People should always be given opportunities, and not crutches.

I think the solution to the problem lies at a policy level intervention and not at building intervention level. Let us provide these people legal land, basic amenities (water, electricity, etc.) and leave them to pursue their options.

PS: still a good idea though :-))
Abhishek Mathur
Prefabricated housing
Abhishek,

I am speaking of natural disaster areas and manmade disaster areas (slums). Both areas have people who are reduced to bare survival. Neither situation gives dignity to the people, but slums (or long-term living in very poor housing) tend to create anti-social habits.

My thought of DIY prefabricated housing for disaster areas is mass-produced prefabricated building elements would start the move away from bad housing conditions on a temporary basis to give enough time to build much better basic housing.

The perception of slums is that such poor or bad living conditions are self-inflicted problems and therefore their own fault. Whereas, the problem lies in the mindless non-policy of allowing ever larger urban concentrations of people, rather than addressing the fact that rural areas are always the last areas to be developed.

Without a policy of developing rural areas, then there will always be a continual move from rural areas into ever-larger urban concentrations.

Similarly, there is the perception of people who live in natural disaster areas cause a self-inflicted problem, particularly where these disasters repeat every few years.

Earthquakes, tsunami, floods, droughts, hurricanes, etc. that repeat on an irregular basis, create the unspoken thought in the minds of those living in totally safe areas that people live in disaster areas because they want to live there, not "they do not have much choice". This ("not my problem") then parallels the way people outside slums view people who have to live in slums.
Frank John Snelling
Prefabricated housing
I could not agree with you more sir,

I think that the prefab housing idea is more of a technological intervention now rather than theoretical. Prima facie there is no doubt in my mind about the idea. Let us return to the technical aspects then.

The parameters for a unit are quite clear - easily transportable, safe, cheap, and, may I still add, dignified.

Do you think that letting the slum dwellers or disaster victims help in building their 'house' is of importance? I always believe in a little personal touch, after all, the victims always are laden with memories and dreams. Let them have an opportunity to vent out their angst and pain.

Apologies for going a little off track, but there, I've said it!
Abhishek Mathur
Prefabricated housing
Abhishek,

Yes, I would say that it is essential the people in both of these types of disaster actively work to create their own housing. On the principle that if you invest your own time and effort in creating something, you are more likely to maintain it.
Frank John Snelling
Prefabricated housing
Hi,

I would like to see some case studies being identified and discussed with respect to the discussion. I'm sure similar studies would have been conducted. Any inputs?
Abhishek Mathur
Prefabricated housing
I think this is a good way to tackle relief housing. Well, it has been sucessfully used in India, Jammu and Kashmir; after the earthquake hit that region, this work was carried out by the Indian army, who just assembled the various prefab members at the disaster site to make quick shelters for the time being.
Subher Kher
Prefabricated housing
Prefabrication is, in my view, a great idea...it is in fact what drew my attention here in the first place.

My question here is, can anyone help me get these units or help me get information on any manufacturer?
Irfan Waheed
Prefabricated housing
Hi,Irfan

As an Architect I always think about something related to Prefab/Modular house.Besides being built to withstand greater stresses, modular homes are also a good choice for those who want to go green. Because they are built in a controlled environment, modular homes use less waste and are assembled faster. Your modular home will likely be more energy efficient than its traditional neighbors. And modular home prices generally run about 15% to 20% lower than other types of houses. Your modular home dealer can provide you with more exact specifications about energy efficiency.

Right now I'm also searching for some information about the manufacturers of prefab house.I'll share them with you as soon as I've got something.
Good luck!
Jerry Nakata
Prefabricated housing
i doubt that modular homes are a such a great idea. it is connected to the generic form ideology. it may be a good thing when a dissaster hits or something but as a idea it truely goes against the very spirit that is architecture.i beleive that prefabricated units which can be used interms of creating a larger whole would be a better solution,
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