On Disaster Housing

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Last week, Nepal was hit with a second earthquake which got me thinking about a topic that I’ve been interested in for a while: disaster housing. Given that this is the second earthquake to strike in two weeks, the Nepalese are in a dire situation. Three-fourths of the county’s infrastructure has completely evaporated, leaving millions of people displaced and without shelter. The intensity of this latest disaster underlines how important finding a long-term,  disaster-recovery housing solution is.

Unfortunately, like any socially focused enterprise, balancing business needs with high-impact design is hard. Architecture for Humanity (“Design Like You Give a Damn”), which filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in January, is an example of this need to strike a delicate balance between being profitable and being highly impactful.

I recently came across an interesting and promising  company while reading up on disaster housing.  Reaction Housing is based out of Austin and they create beautiful…

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