Gimme Shelter

This course explores the emerging area of disaster mitigation through design and implementation of relief shelters, dedicated community shelters, and temporary housing.


In the new millennium, coastal properties are at a greater risk than ever before. As architectural professionals, we're called upon to lead the efforts of large-scale planning and design for disaster relief in coastal communities throughout the country.

"Gimme Shelter" will explore an emerging area of disaster mitigation planning for large urban areas, extending beyond resilient design. Important projects associated with this area include:

• Immediate relief shelters

• Dedicated community shelters for disaster-prone areas

• Temporary housing to accommodate displaced populations for one to three years

Presenting architects will discuss award-winning designs in disaster mitigation planning that offer effective examples of this emerging resilient practice. Be prepared to explore the opportunities available in shelter, sheltering systems, and design.

Learning objectives

By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

•    Analyze local climate conditions to incorporate into the shelter designs.

•    Compare standard construction assemblies with Miami Dade requirements and FEMA 361.

•    Define the long-term value of various temporary housing solutions.

•    List shelter self-sufficiency measures that contribute to resilience.

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 $40  non-member
 $25  member
1.00 LU
  • HSW
  • RIBA


  • Allison H. Anderson


    Principal | unabridged Architecture PLLC

    Allison Anderson is recognized for civic projects which are carefully crafted and inherently...
  • Illya  Azaroff, AIA

    Illya Azaroff


    Founding principal | +Lab architect

    Illya Azaroff, FAIA is the founding principal of +LAB architect whose mission is to build resilient...
  • Deborah Gans


    Principal, GANSstudio

    Deborah Gans is the principal of the New York–based architecture firm GANSstudio and an...
  • James H. Garrison


    Principal, Garrison Architects

    James Garrison is an architect and educator whose work expands the boundaries of sustainability,...