TSUNAMI SAFE(R) HOUSE: 4 SMALLER CORES stronger than one big one | similar shape | similar technology and materials
TSUNAMI SAFE(R) HOUSE: structural analysis by buro happold shows that new design is 5 times stronger than traditional design
| THE CORE | core variations
plan variations
| FLEXIBILITY | core + plan variations

| POROSITY | In order to maximize the resistance to an incoming tsunami, four independent linear supports

, perpendicular to the coast are created.They replace the uniform skin of the exisitng design.
| UPGRADABILITY | Bamboo partitions are initially provided inbetween the cores; they can be transformed
and customized, engaging the residents with their individual choices, also promotes the reuse of found elements.
| EXPANDABILITY | A modular system allows the expansion of units to accommodate different household sizes.

| ECONOMY | The total surface of walls and roof is approximately the same as the existing house.

The cost would be equal or less.
| LOW TECH | Walls are made of concrete blocks strengthened with rebars; the roof is made with traditional
wooden elements, covered with tiles or tin; partitions are made of recycled materials.
| COMFORT | The porous structure promotes natural ventilations and sun shading, ameliorating internal comfort.
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prajnopaya foundation, mit > http://www.prajnopaya.org
senseable city lab, mit > http://senseable.mit.edu/
tsunami design initiative, harvard gsd > http://projects.gsd.harvard.edu/tsunami
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