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Libeskind to join hurricane refugee relief effort

Daniel Libeskind looks set to become one of the first architects to tackle the problem of housing the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

It is nearly two weeks since freak storms devastated America's Gulf Coast leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless.

Now the authorities are turning their attentions to how they can re-house these evacuees.

Help could be at hand from Libeskind who, according to local reports, proposes building cheap, modular homes based on earlier designs (pictured) drawn up to re-house the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami.

Earlier in the year the Polish-born architect worked with the New York City College of Technology on a project to rebuild a community in Sri Lanka, and Libeskind hopes the lessons learned from this experience can be transferred to helping the refugees in Mississippi and Louisiana.

The architect, better known for high-profile projects, believes the 54 sq m two-bedroom houses could be built in less than two weeks, depending on materials.

Featuring a pitched roof, bathroom and kitchen the home could cost little more than £2,000 to put up.

Meanwhile, other options being mooted to provide housing for the evacuees include using cruise ships, military bases and schools.

by Richard Waite

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