Humanizing Architecture in Emergencies: Towards an Improved Model of Basic Settlement without Negative Impact

By Juan M. Ros-García.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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To the question: “Is it possible to do architecture in a disaster area?” the XIII Architecture Biennale of Venice answered by awarding the 2012 Golden Lion Award to the Japanese Pavilion. The emergency architecture created in response to the tsunami in 2011 was considered very timely (Fig.1). As much as the terminology of “emergency housing” invokes a concept of quick response and relief for basic needs in a humanitarian crisis, large scale architectural models have ended up being misguided and highly disappointing throughout their short but intense presence in history. In addition, it has been strained by an increasing necessity in the world. Our history with emergency housing has thus far been a failed experiment (Fig.2).

Keywords: Emergency Housing, Habitability, Refugee Camps, Constructive Tradition

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.25-39. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.527MB).

Dr. Juan M. Ros-García

Assistant Professor, Principal Investigator Rebirth-Inhabit Group, Department of Theory and Architectural Design and Urbanism, Institute of Technology (EPS)CEU, San Pablo University, Boadilla del Monte Campus de Montepríncipe, Madrid, Spain

Dr. Juan M. Ros-García: is a specialist in social emergency housing with a Ph.D in Architecture. Within the field of specialized architecture, he has authored various publications and has participated in national and international congresses. He is a member of an EPS Sustainability Laboratory.