The growing prevalence of natural disasters such as earthquakes has necessitated a closer look at innovative housing solutions in times of emergency. Architects can solve everyday problems through innovative design, and have time and again risen to face the challenges and limitations imposed by situations enforced by disasters.
There is a lot of innovative study and research that is underway in the exploration of self-construction using experimental methods of building. Reconstruction techniques for mass housing may include construction using rammed earth, and other local materials such as bamboo that is more flexible and resistant to seismic activity. These new techniques, when implemented, can not only stand up to nature’s extreme forces but will also be extremely economical, serving to alleviate the lack of mass housing in poorer countries.
Many architects feel strongly about the fact that their training at University level is still largely theoretical and the practical component is inadequate. This means that they are not equipped well enough to address practical challenges on-site, and cannot readily come up with alternative solutions to everyday problems — which are the need of the hour. This disconnect with the materialization of projects has resulted in finished projects that are less than optimal regarding adequate design thinking.
To foster out-of-the-box creativity, and teach a more hands-on approach, architects now believe that reconnecting with the site on a regular basis must become the center of practice. By working in collaboration with core construction teams, architects will get involved in the entire process and gain a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of the building.