Solution for a disaster? House in a box, maybe

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- In one of the neighborhoods hit hardest by flooding in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, developers have built a prototype house that's aimed at providing a quick housing solution for areas leveled by disasters.

The dwelling in the Lakeview section of New Orleans is meant to go up quickly after earthquakes, hurricanes and other disasters. It can then serve as permanent housing and withstand future calamities. It's designed to be environmentally friendly and overcome damaged utility grids, and it can be shipped in pieces in a single container and assembled like an erector set.

Its designers believe that there could be demand for tens of thousands of them in areas around the world that need to quickly rebuild after disasters.


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