Community Revival

by University of Virginia’s Studio reCOVER

An important aspect of a transitional shelter is how quickly it can be deployed and assembled on site. This proposal employs the use of computer numerically controlled (CNC) manufacturing processes and technologies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of pre-fabricated building components for transitional shelters. CNC fabrication allows the design for the shelter to take custom specifications while utilizing readily available materials.

This design proposal uses cardboard as the standard building material for the transitional shelter. The advantage to using cardboard is its recycl-ability and adaptability to various shapes and forms. This transitional shelter would be easier to fabricate, assemble, and recycle than the current FEMA trailer model used in New Orleans.