RECOVERY HUTS IS A COMPREHENSIVE REHABILITATIVE SHELTERING SYSTEM SERVING FROM EMERGENCY STAGES THROUGH TRANSITIONAL TO LONG-TERM RESETTLEMENT, AND MORE
As the world’s climate changes and natural and man-made disasters increase in frequency, versatile, quick-to-deploy emergency shelters will mean the difference between lif and death for displaced populations.
Our intent is to advance the level of humanitarian service and performance to cover a full range from slum-shack and disaster relief through a prolonged transitional period of physical and emotional adjustment to when those displaced from their original homesteads can shift their attention to resettlement strategies in familiar or newly assigned locations. By that time in such a rehabilitating process, families can concentrate on rebuilding their lives and returning to contribute as fully honored members of our world.
Recovery Huts can also serve the urban homeless, refugee and emergency first-responder villages, prison low-risk overflow housing, airport health isolation or detention huts, homeland security holding shelters, farm worker housing, medical first aid/triage, group food service and storage, equipment maintenance / repair / storage and even to replace urban ‘shanty-towns’ – wherever they may occur.
Our RECOVERY HUTS use ‘string shot’ polyester composite shell technology and our simplest shelter is based on four, 60lb stackable sections for efficient manufacture, trasnport, storage, handling and rapid 30 minute setup by one person. If the 85 sq. ft. footprint is too small for a household, extender sections enable an entire community of huts to be enlarged as needed. After almost instantaneous introduction and deployment at such emergency events, given their light weight modular easy-to-handle setup, their panel sections and connections can be reconfigured and reassembled to serve as just the kind of long-term-to-permanently dignified homes and communities these populations fully deserve.
These huts are available with translucent roofs and up to four insect-proof venting door panels to be interconnected with adjacent huts allowing a variety of family clusters and village layouts. Five-foot long extender panel sections increase the basic hut footprint in 50 square foot increments. A list of optional features includes a heating stove, insulated wall, roof and floor panels, sleeping and cooking platforms, storage cubicles, solar fly and more.
Recovery Huts are strong and durable for supporting electrical, lighting, plumbing equipment, and shelving and can be demobilized, pressure washed, spary sanitized, quickly and thoroughly dried to prevent the mold and mildew associated with stick-and-fabric tent structures, and then compactly loaded, shipped and stored indefinitely for immediate and almost permanently repeated redeployment. When their life is finally over, they can be collected, shredded and recycled into any number of usable products, leaving no environmental trace.
We offer a proud and dressy shelter with almost indefinite field life to show our profound concern for victims of every sort – not just our sympathy. What does it really say when we deliver cheap, humble sticks and cloth coverings not much improved from what they could cobble together by themselves? Shouldn’t we boldly move in and welcome them back into their rightfully proud place in a developing world by offering them, not the cheapest, but our very best. We think so… and our Recovery Huts say it eloquently – a completely new sheltering paradigm.
FUTURE DEVELOPMENT PLANS
We are also at work on a full range of modular concept designs and compound-insulated-composite shell systems which will allow for a much wider vairety of shelter-building shapes, sizes, upper levels and more. This should include a full range of comfort and exhilarating residence features like entry porches, garden sheds – and the list goes on.
We also hope to help international agencies and governments to setup and fabricate this or similar systems independently, reflecting their own needs and tastes, directly using their very own resources.
SPECIAL EVENTS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Recovery Huts has presented before universities, government and professional humanitarian groups and agencies and also has featured in news and design magazines:
- Published in Bellingham Herald Newspaper, 17Mar09
- Invited and delivered a ‘Pecha Kucha’ presentation at Oxfam / ARUP / Shelter Forum, London, 5Feb09
- Invited and presented at Oxford / Brookes University / CARE International, Oxford, UK, 16Sep10: “Improving Learning and Practice in Humanitarian Shelter Sector”
- Exhibited at Washington State General Administration Trade Show, Tacoma, WA, 27Oct10
- LOOK FOR ‘Recovery Huts’ in an upcoming book, “Housing Solutions for a Rapidly Changing Climate”, W. W. Norton, by Brigette Meinhold, Architecture Editor for INHABITAT magazine
- Also, in a Brazilian (Portuguese) magazine, “Revista ABC Design” by Heloisa Righeto, early 2012
- Enlisted US state Deparment Official Delegation to deliver to attending delegates from 27+ nations as ASEAN (Association Southeastern Asian Nations) Regional Forum Disaster Relief Exercises, Manado, Indonesia 14Mar11, Recovery Huts’ proposal booklets for an ‘International Emergency Shelter Design Exposition’
- Recovery Huts displayed at IDEC11 (Jakarta, Indonesia Disaster Preparedness Design Recovery EXPO and Conference), 27-30Oct11, for a hut village cluster demonstration in one of the world’s foremeost natural disaster epicenters and its most august international shelter-user-practitioner groups.
THANK YOU FOR LETTING US HEAR FROM YOU, YOUR QUESTIONS, EVALUATIONS, SUGGESTIONS, AS WE WISHT TO STAY ON THIS VERTICAL LEARNING CURVE AS LONG AND EFFECTIVELY AS POSSIBLE