Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY
Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden
FutureShack -- a prototype constructed from a recycled shipping container and outfitted with a minimum of industrial materials -- suggests a possible solution to low-cost, mobile housing for individuals displaced by man-made and natural disasters. This solar-powered, self-contained structure can be stacked in multiples and shipped to crisis sites anywhere in the world, ready for occupancy within 24 hours. Designed by Australian architect Sean Godsell, FutureShack took first place in a competition sponsored by Architecture for Humanity to address the shelter needs of displaced individuals around the world.
The Solos series was launched in 2003 to showcase innovations in the field of architecture and design, including designs new to the market or to construction, or new design in the research and development stage.