NEW YORK, NY - While disaster scenarios are useful for planning emergency response strategies, the specifics any scenario are highly provisional; supple tactics are needed to supplement these strategies and respond to the unpredictable conditions of any disaster. This proposal for NYC emergency housing comprises a single standard building component -- a Structural Insulated Panel -- that can be quickly assembled on site into a wide variety of structures by unskilled labor,depending on the particular logistical, environmental, and social circumstances.
These readily-available panels consist of fiberglass skins over a core of rigid insulation, screw-fastened and water-tight. Unlike typical SIPs, when joined together these panels form a corrugated wall/roof/floor assembly, increasing their spanning capacity and tectonic utility. The resilience of this system applies also to reconstruction,since the panels may be easily repurposed, such as wall infill of new residential construction.