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7 Dec 2017

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27 Oct 2017 - 15 Apr 2018

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TSUNAMI SAFE(R) HOUSE

Sri Lanka,
2005

Architecture

The aim of this project is to investigate the development of technological strategies that could guarantee future safety at lower cost. In particular, the focus is on digital and building technologies. Structural guidelines extracted from the analysis of surviving structures and the implementation of an early warning system using cell phones could provide a more effective solution to relocation - promoting a less hasty, more sensible recovery of the disaster-torn areas.

Following the 2004 Tsunami disaster, the Prajnopaya Foundation has started the construction of over 1000 houses in Sri Lanka. Prototypes of a 400 sq.ft. house and 1000 sq.ft. community center have been developed. The aim of this project is to investigate the development of technological strategies that could guarantee future safety at lower cost. In particular, the focus is on digital and building technologies. Structural guidelines extracted from the analysis of surviving structures and the implementation of an early warning system using cell phones could provide a more effective solution to relocation – promoting a less hasty, more sensible recovery of the disaster-torn areas. According to a simulation by Buro Happold engineers, the final high-tech design/low-tech construction should be over five times more resistant than existing ones in the case of a tsunami.

  • CREDITScarlorattiassociati | walter nicolino & carlo ratti with Luis Berrios; MIT Senseable City Lab and Tsunami Design Initiative (Harvard GSD)
    Team: Carlo Ratti, Walter Nicolino.


    Consultants

    Structural engineers Domenico del Re - Buro Happold, London

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    Advisor Tenzin Priyadarshi - MIT/Prajnopaya Foundation