When the federal government gets into the business of providing temporary housing for displaced residents, this is what people get:
But when enterprising individuals get together to
devise a solution to the temporary housing issue, we get this:
This cute little dwelling cost the same as a FEMA traier ($35,000) and has the same footprint (308 s.f.) and was built in 20 days. Mass produced, this could reasonably be halved.
A common question heard in south Louisiana is "Where is my FEMA trailer". After viewing the Katrina Cottage, as it has become known, a common question could be, "Where can I get one."
But FEMA seems to think that the trailer is all that citizens deserve, quote:
The yellow cottage with a tin roof is exactly the size of the temporary trailers the Federal Emergency Management Agency provides to victims of hurricanes and other disasters, and it costs about the same: less than $35,000.
But where a FEMA trailer looks grim and dispiriting - who wants to live next to one, let alone in one? - this house, known as the Katrina Cottage, is airy, bright and charming.
"I'm designing affordable housing," said Marianne Cusato, 31, the architect who designed the cottage. But developers who toured it, she said, were telling her they want to use the plans for upscale beach cottages or mountain resorts.
FEMA, for example, is not chartered to provide permanent housing...The cottages, designed by Marianne Cusato, were originally designed to be "FEMA trailers with dignity," but have been so popular that people are inquiring about using them for hunting camps, mountain hide-aways and small vacation homes.
"Developer after developer came up to me, asking for the plans so they could build the cottage as beach-front housing or in ski resorts," she said.But:
"I insisted that this is, first and foremost, emergency housing for the people of the Gulf Coast, but that once their needs have been met, I would consider it.
"Then it hit me that what I had done was to come up with a prototype that could take off as a new way of building," she said. "The irony is that these builders never realized that affordable housing can be attractive."
Hat tip: Veritas et Venustas.
UPDATE: Prof. David J Peronnet, RA, NCARB is not impressed and I don't care.