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When Garrison Architects unveiled their full-size prototype for post-disaster housing it was described as “a step forward in the way that cities respond to natural disasters”. Their project was developed for the New York City Office of Emergency Management and is believed to be “a blueprint for post-disaster housing”, according to Studio founder and principal James Garrison.
Arabic Gate for Architectural News has reached out to Mr. James Garrison to ask about the applicability of his prototype in post- war contexts as a part of our initiative “Rebuilding Destroyed Cities”. In our interview with Mr. James here is what he has told us regarding the merits of the emergency housing in post-war contexts:
1- At Garrison Architects, you have developed your Emergency Housing prototype as housing units to be plugged on site and can be stacked “like Legos”; how close is it to Kisho Kurokawa’s “Capsule Housing” in the seventies, and can your prototype be valid as a tower building?
The Capsule Housing project is a beautiful example of the power of prefabrication, and it is definitely an inspiration for all of our prefab projects. The Emergency Housing prototype can be stacked up to 3 stories tall, but not higher due to building code restrictions. Similarly, to the Capsule Housing, some of the construction work takes place on site, like the foundation for instance. All of the modules are fabricated off site in a factory, which greatly increases efficiency, while reducing construction waste.