- A house could be built in one place
- And used in an other place, in another continent, across the ocean
- Scalable to any limit
- Shipped without huge containers, without "wide load" trucks
- deployed, popped and used immediately
- and add the various components necessary for its function
When disaster strikes, the need for short-term housing is immediate and urgent. The Department of Homeland Security estimates that more than 800,000 people were displaced after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and UNICEF reported 130,000 residents were made homeless by the 2006 earthquake in central Java, Indonesia.
State-provided housing is expensive, too temporary and can be potentially harmful to residents. A growing number of architects and designers is exploring humanitarian design for people displaced by a natural disaster or other emergency.
Disaster sites, often covered with debris, require laborious grunt work before shelters can be erected. The HouseToPop is a concept which comes equipped with telescoping legs on rails for support and can be fully assembled as needed within 24 hours on almost any terrain -- with no excavation, which means construction does not add to soil erosion problems or create additional damage to the area. When the structures are no longer required, they can be quickly packed back inside themselves and relocated around the world via a simple container 8 feet x 33 feet (for a 1,000 square foot dwelling).