During a postgraduate study ‘The use of the material: aluminium’ with Richard Horden and Mederico Faivre in DiTella University, Buenos Aires in 1998 we made studies for shelters for evacuation situations, based on research of floods in the Argentinean littoral (Delta) that brings almost each 3 years hundreds of thousands of evacuated people.
In collaboration with architect Diego Trolliet and the DiTella’s team we developed the ‘Delta Project’ instantaneous emergency shelter for catastrophe’s situations. This shelter is lightweight and easily transportable but is sturdy enough to last for many years, and if no longer needed can be taken to other emergency areas. The shelters are very simple to make or assemble and can be rebuilt and delivered and set up in a short time which is crucial in emergency situations.
The temporally shelters can be set up by groups of neighbours or by volunteers as no special skills are needed. The shelter is usable in a large set of locations as the telescopic legs make it adaptable for uneven terrain, snow or water. As the shelter is lifted in the ground it will be dry. Heating and sanitary can be added. The space below the floor of the shelter will serve as a space for the owners to store the materials they will use in rebuilding their homes.
The project was selected by the first edition of Architecture for Humanity in 1998.
My role and added value in the team was researching and designing. I gained experience in this project on mobile architecture building with specific material properties.
More about this project can be read in Richard Horden. Architecture and Teaching. Lehrstuhl für Entwerfen, N. Baldassini, R. Horden. Birkhäuser Verlag; 2000. ISBN no. 3-7643-6152-2