Dominican Republic Approves Container Housing for Haitian Disaster Relief Housing
Dominican authorities recently approved a proposal that aims to use recycled shipping containers and a novel assembly concept to provide housing for Haitian earthquake victims. Richard Moreta, the proposed solution's designer, and his team refer to their concept as "Container Cities" and have successfully undertaken similar projects in Bosnia and Italy. Simple, modular, and inexpensive, the cities are built using earthquake-safe steel frames with rubber rollers into which shipping containers are inserted, allowing for stable and scalable construction that more easily meets the needs of rapidly changing refugee communities. The cities' design also includes a host of green or sustainable features that make the project zero energy, including living roofs, rainwater collection, solar panels, and wind turbines, with options for reuse when the temporary housing provided is no longer needed. With a slew of other proposed relief projects still far from implementation, "Container Cities" seem poised to provide a solution for thousands of families stranded by the disaster in Haiti.