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Winners of disaster re-build comp revealed

Two Canadian practices are among the winners of a competition to design disaster-resistant housing in the US

Q4 Architects and Sustainable|To Architecture + Building – both based in Toronto – were both awarded first prizes in the Designing Recovery competition.

They were joined by New Orleans firm GOATstudio as winners of the contest organised by the American Institute of Architects.

Sustainable.To Architecture + Building’s Resilient House for New York is designed to be built above the flood plain with flood-proof foundations. It has living spaces facing the sun and a highly insulated building enclosure.

Q4 Architects’ Core House for Joplin, Missouri, includes a central ‘safe house’ made from filled and anchored concrete masonry. The house uses locally sourced materials to make a low impact on climate change and reduce the effects of debris after a disaster.

GOATStudio’s Shotgun [remix] proposal for New Orleans has a floor 2m above the ground. It will filter storm water through a rain garden, alleviating flooding and reducing the load on infrastructure. A steel roof wraps the southern exterior wall for sun protection.

Jury chair Michael Willis said: ‘The three designs that we chose all had the ideal combination of addressing disaster mitigation and actual live-ability. 

‘The designs all had the sort of flexibility to be both a resilient safe haven during a natural disaster, but also serve as a dwelling that catered to family conditions and would blend into appropriate neighborhood styles without projecting a ‘bunker-like’ feeling.’

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