No, Urbanista has not become the DPZ house organ. Andres Duany is just the Eveready Bunny of planning and urban design…
From today’s print edition:
Can a stripped-down, bunkhouse-like structure made of near-indestructible, space-age materials provide a solution to Haiti's post-quake housing crisis?
Famed Miami architect and planner Andrés Duany certainly thinks so.
Duany, who helped develop the prefabricated ``Katrina Cottage'' as an alternative to the widely criticized FEMA trailers, has devised a light, expandable ``core house'' for Haiti's homeless that can stand up to earthquakes and hurricanes. It even meets Miami-Dade's tough building code, he says.
The house (see model at right, photo courtesy DPZ), which would sleep eight in a bunkhouse arrangement, could be easily shipped to Haiti in a package less than two-feet thick, and assembled by local laborers in a matter of hours, Duany said.
The material is a composite that Duany calls ``totally miraculous'' -- thin but strong, durable, fireproof, waterproof and mold-proof. The idea grew out of a project Duany was already working on in Miami's Little Haiti, to erect eight larger prefab houses using the same technique and material.
``You've never seen a house like this,'' Duany said. ``When you build something out of this material, it's like being inside a fiberglass boat. It's absolutely the best.''