In light of the natural disasters throughout the US and the start of hurricane season, people are thinking about storm shelters as well as emergency housing after natural disasters.  As various organizations plan out emergency housing, two options start to emerge – container emergency housing and modular emergency housing.  Both options have their pros and cons.  Recently, Global Possiblities, a non-profit “committed to educating the public about solutions to our ecological, economic and political crises” posted an article debating the merits of both options.   in the meantime, Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects, a Tokyo-based architectural firm, has created container emergency housing that can transition from temporary to permanent homes and is stackable.

Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects Ex-Container Project, 2 x 20' containers are easy to transport. Image © Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects
Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects Ex-Container Project, 2 x 20' containers are easy to transport. Image © Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

In a nutshell, here are the arguments for each side:

Container Emergency Housing

Pros -  Quick to convert to housing as needed -  Cheap to store -  Easy to transport

Cons -  Fixed lengths and widths are less flexible -  Architectural style less mainstream

Modular Emergency Housing

Pros -  Generous room sizes -  More “human-scaled,” meaning more geared toward comfortable living in versus containers which are more transportation-geared. -  Architectural style more mainstream

Cons -  Difficult to transport -  More labor-intensive to build -  Expensive to store

So which is better?  It is hard to say.  What do you think?  What pros and cons are not considered here?

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