Post-Disaster Units Coming to Brooklyn NY?
Whoever said that ISBU shipping containers cannot be used for something efficient?
Well, say no more! Just read the following article below and see what is going to happen in Brooklyn New York in the very near future. What is happening may eventually happen world-wide which would be an amazing environmental advancement in recycling.
This summertime, a post-disaster housing complex” made of shipping containers will be set up and arranged in Downtown Brooklyn.
This summer, a 3- to four-story “post-disaster housing complex” made of shipping containers will be set up across the street from the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in Downtown Brooklyn.
The lodging complex – a prototype of emergency housing planned for populated areas — is being given a dry run by the United States. Army corporations of Engineers, the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC), OEM and Federal Emergency Management Agency in planning for the future catastrophic violent storm.
The snug container units – accomplished with furniture and spaces for cookery, bathing, living, and logging Z’s — will be tried out at a fenced-in lot at one hundred sixty-five Cadman Plaza East at Red Cross Place for 12 months, and will be resided by residents for at the least 6 months, New York City says.
There is no official decision yet on who gets to live inside the container housing, an insider said. Calls to OEM weren’t returned by press time.
One ground floor unit might be used as a design gallery space accessible to the public.
New York City is taking proposals from hopeful container contractors until March twenty-one for the million-dollar test project, and the prototype should be ready for residents sometime this summer. After the year is up, the contractor will have to take away the housing and clean up the site.
If the prototype works out, New York City will be closer to casting out multi-family emergency housing designed specifically for city inhabitants, granting them to live and work in their own necks of the woods after a catastrophe.
Because of its high population concentration and lack of open space, disaster experts say modular container housing is better suited for New Yorkers forced out by disaster than the formal interim housings employed in other parts of the country.
Assembled in parking lots or on campuses, the containers can be stacked and clustered in a neighborhood-like configuration including an open square or playing areas, a laundry and even retail.
Approximately 930,000 people live within evacuation zones in New York City – including 100s of 1000s in Brooklyn. But only 605,000 can be housed for 3–5 weeks in the city’s current emergency shelters.
The emergency housing is a followup to the What If New York City… Design Competition, held in 2008 by OEM and DDC.
In DEC., OEM said that accompanying a catastrophic event, New York City will need to supply Interim Housing Units (IHU) “at an unprecedented speed and scale.” To do this the city “needs vendors who can design, manufacture and implement a system of removable and reusable housing delivered quickly and configured for densely populated urban areas.”
So, this article really makes you think a little bit about the amazing things that you can do with used ISBU shipping containers. They are not just rusted metal boxes lying in the junkyard ports you see all the time especially near airports or shipping yards. I really hope this catches on and not just for NYC but for all major cities throughout the world.