Luke R. '20
Can disaster proof architecture lead to safe towns and cities, eliminating the need for evacuations?
The model home I designed and constructed helps to answer the question of if disaster proof architecture can lead to safe towns and cities, eliminating the need for evacuations by implementing various flood proofing methods. On the first floor of the model, I used wet-proof architecture, where waters allowed into the structure while flowing through it eventually exit safely through it on the other side. The roof consists of a large slanted piece which will redirect strong winds, keeping the integrity of the structure strong. Another method I implemented into my structure was slightly angled walls. Angled walls allow water to rise up against the building without creating as much pressure, further decreasing the likelihood of wall cave-ins, and the house's electric panels are on the second floor out of reach of flood waters.
One of the main reasons people feel the need to evacuate is risk perception. The more clearly people can understand how threatened their lives are by staying, the more likely they are to evacuate. Constructing flood proof homes may be a way to change people’s risk perception and further allow them to stay at home safely.
For the build, I used ¼ inch thick paper and a glue gun. I decided on using the paper because I wanted to show that although this will be a flood proof architecture home, it can still be simple and elegant unlike the straight concrete ones I’ve been seeing.
Eventually, I could see this model turning into a larger scale town or city with many flood proof homes together. It would be an entire community near the water that's able to live safely through severe weather, leaving evacuation protocols less crowded and more efficient.