Katrina Cottage more than temporary housing
Not exactly a new story but one I recently caught up on that involved two interesting topics: Katrina rebuilding and New Urbanism. At first reading I got caught up in what sometimes seems like New Urbanist efforts to simply retain outward visual appearance of neighborhoods and buildings but this effort clearly runs deeper than that. FEMA planned on spending $70,000 apiece to construct, transport, set up, maintain, and de-commission only 18 months later the trailer seen above on the left. After 18 months, the displaced resident gets nothing and FEMA takes back the trailers, likely only to de-commission them (never get used again). The Katrina Cottage project and its outgrowths sought to create a temporary residence that was more livable inside and out, was less costly, and had the potential to become semi-permanent with plans to incorporate them into a neighborhood setting and for the structure to be expandable, up to three times the original size. Why make a only temporary solution that sucks to live in for more money and materials cost?