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Temporal Verticality | Disaster Relief Transitional Shelters for Haiti | Master of Architecture Thesis Project, Spring 2012

Transitional shelters are rapid, post-disaster household shelters made from materials that can be upgraded or reused in more permanent structures, or that can be relocated from temporary sites to permanent locations. They are designed to facilitate the transition by affected populations to more durable shelters. A successful shelter must balance factors such as safety, lifespan, size, comfort, and privacy on one side and cost, timeliness, materials availability, maintenance and upgrade, cultural appropriateness, and construction skills on the other.

My project proposed an alternative solution to what is being used as disaster relief shelter today. By creating vertical multistory units, my project was able to achieve high density while providing much needed open space. The simple and intuitive joints and assembly system allowed for rapid deployment and implementation. The units can be disassembled and reassembled in a new location and because of its kit-of-parts nature, it is easy to replace or upgrade components as needed, making it an overall more sustainable system. Most of all, my project aimed to provide a spiritually uplifting living environment that will help restore human dignity to people who need it the most.


Women in the Design World: Work in Progress, an exhibition presented by the Sam Fos School of Design and Visual arts in conjunction with the Women in Architecture Symposium 2014.

Seung-Jin Ham / Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, 2007