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Some design aspects of sustainable post-disaster housing

Tucker, Simon, Gamage, Arosha and Wijeyesekera, Chitral 2014. Some design aspects of sustainable post-disaster housing. International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment 5 (2) , pp. 163-181.

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Purpose - This paper discusses selected aspects of the design of post disaster housing building on current guidance in this area. We focus on the use of appropriate materials and technology to suit the climate and site and draw lessons from traditional housing types and settlement patterns. Design/methodology/approach - A case study of a design project is used to illustrate an approach toward sustainable design. The approach is structured and could therefore fit into the wider structures and frameworks of providing such housing. Findings - A design was generated that meets many of the desired environmental criteria. It was also found that important design resources are required by the design team not mentioned in the existing guidelines. Research limitations/implications - A limitation of the paper is that the design is hypothetical and there has been no input from prospective inhabitants or other groups. Practical implications - The design approach illustrated here may be of use to relief organizations working in the field, and also could be used to develop further awareness of sustainability. Organizations that provide for and coordinate post disaster construction could consider making further design resources available as part of a project. Social implications – The study addresses the design of housing which itself is an activity located in society. Originality/value - The paper adds to discussion on the design of post disaster housing and supports the argument that such housing can help to support wider and longer term development.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
T Technology > TH Building construction
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1759-5908
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Last Modified: 04 Apr 2020 01:40

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