Versatile in use, location, construction and advantages.
Muhammad Shehata, John W. Schrader, Jacob G. Lick / Iowa State University
The intent of this project is to design an open-source disaster relief shelter that can not only adapt to multiple climate zones, but also utilize design parameters often neglected by other shelter proposals. After analyzing current paradigms in disaster relief and shelter design, it was clear that certain variables and constraints were not adequately accounted for. Among these include, climate sensibility, adaptive function and use, local vernacular, and disaster prevention. The genius of this shelter comes in the form of the versatile building components. The design components, including parts like the footing, the squinches, the columns, pieces of the platform, and the roof component, can in most cases, vary to adapt to a particular need within a region. These components are address problems related to ground slope, wind, rain, and thermal temperature changes. Adaptable building components allow the user choice in layout, a psychological benefit for natural disaster victims, as well as a kit of parts easily adaptable to various climates. The components, paired with a universal step-by-step process, create ease of assembly for the user. The shelter also has the option to be up scaled after use. Many disaster shelters are typically discarded after use, however this system allows users to A. retrofit the shelter in order to create a more permanent solution B. Reuse shelter as a temporary communal area or C. resell back to the manufacturer, due to the rigidity and strength of the system.
Muhammad received his architecture degree and minor in sustainability from Iowa State University in 2016. He plans to pursue a position related to sustainable architecture. His passion for sustainable design has always driven his decision process, evident in the project above.
John W. Schrader
John recently graduated with an architecture degree and a minor in sustainability-design from Iowa State University in December of 2015. He has recently received his LEED GA credentials, and plans to pursue LEED AP: BD+C, as well as, his professional license to practice in Illinois. He now practices as an architectural designer in Chicago, Illinois.
Jacob G. Lick
Jake Recently graduated with an architecture degree from Iowa State University in May of 2015. He is currently employed at Studio Slab in Los Angeles. He believes a part of what makes architecture great is it’s ability to adapt to any environment, giving its user a changeable, integrated habitat for living.