As a follow-up to the What If New York City... Design Competition for Post-Disaster Provisional Housing, the NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) are developing a way to supply post-disaster housing that meets the needs of urban areas through the Urban Post-Disaster Housing Prototype Program. Because of the City’s high population density, lack of open space, and a mission to resettle as many residents as possible in their former neighborhoods, the Urban Post-Disaster Housing Prototype Program will outline a new plan for interim housing that will provide more suitable living spaces for New Yorkers displaced by disaster than conventional interim housing solutions used in other parts of the country.
In 2014, OEM and DDC, with support from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA, and the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program, will build and test an interim housing prototype based on a shipping container-style modular system in Brooklyn, NY.
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