Resilient Crisis Cube
The design of the Resilient Crisis Cube is a repurposed shipping container that has been adapted into an emergency shelter as part of a strategy developed for Disaster Preparation, Response, and Recovery through Resilient Thinking. It can be used for individual housing emergencies, such as home fire, or in mass distribution following a disaster such as a tornado. As part of a recovery phase, the Resilient Crisis Cube would be distributed to impacted disaster areas in need of immediate housing. The flexibility of the shipping container makes it transportable by air, truck, train, and water. The small footprint and corner supports which level allow for the opportunity to place the shelter in more locations. The exterior design instructs the recipient as to how to orient their shelter on site to maximize its potential.
The Resilient Crisis Cube utilizes sustainable design strategies, tiny house concepts and resilient principles to provide temporary to long term off gird shelter through solar power, water collection and recycling, energy and water conserving strategies, adaptable living spaces, local food production, durable construction and low to zero off-gassing materials. Built in interior shelving provide private access to the roof of the container for solar panel maintenance or as a safe haven to escape sudden flood waters. Living walls on the south side of the shelter provide and insulation and cooling strategy in the summer and a heating opportunity in the winter, as the walls would be bare during the growing off season. Solar panels can accommodate limited but average household electrical use in most parts of the globe The footprint allows for approximately 3,200 gallons of rainwater collection, with a range of 48-62 gallons of water needed per day for a family of 4, but location could limit rainfall.
While cooling through an air conditioning system would be unlikely due to the energy demand on the solar array system, operable windows create ventilation through the shelter. Heat is provided through a wood stove vented to the exterior.
Utilizing the container structure, Hardie Board, Spray foam insulation, and OSB, along with a cork flooring and gypsum ceiling, the R value of shelter is believed to range from as low as R-10 to as high as R-27, varying based on corrugation and material locations.
Repurposing panels cut from the container for cabinetry, porch space, stairs, and a table top, along with specific selected materials such as Hardie board, would contribute to help make the production of the Resilient Crisis Cube zero waste.
Along with the potential to be 100% off grid, the Resilient Crisis Cube can also be connected to operational electrical, water, and gas infrastructure.
While it may not be ideal living, the Resilient Crisis Cube provides a superior emergency shelter to options seen in the past, such as the FEMA trailers following Hurricane Katrina. As a resilient tool, each distribution would give opportunity to learn how to further develop the shelter for future occupants.