Deploy – Emergency Shelters that Scale

Typhoons and hurricanes, or more generally, tropical cyclones, are all spinning storms of high winds (sustained winds of 73 miles per hour or greater) and intense weather like thunderstorms. The only nominal difference is the ocean basin where they originate. The most alarming factor they all share is that intensity and frequency of these cyclonic superstorms are increasing with climate change.

Accordingly to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, climate change will lead to tropical cyclones with higher rainfall, greater intensity, and a greater proportion of high intensity (Category 4-5) storms. These changes are largely caused by warming ocean temperatures, which drive cyclonic storm activity. But sea-level rise also increases the damage caused by the storms by exacerbating the effects of storm surge, where waves generated by high winds inundate coastal areas.


The global warming may be a a part of a bigger frame of issue that accelerates these cyclones, but what eventually doesn’t meet the attention is that the number of individuals staying at these coasts who are vulnerable to such disasters at large. The instantaneous displacement of a couple of hours threatens 1000s of lives and devastated homes across acres of land. a requirement for a swift shelter protecting the human population during a disaster and post-disaster may be a must.


Deploy invites architects, designers, engineers and student fraternity, from round the globe to require part within the world’s first-ever cyclone relief shelter design challenge. The Deploy is one among the world’s most coveted competitions recognizing design ideas for emergency shelters. It recognizes exceptional concepts that redefine quick shelter design through the implementation of innovative ideas, techniques, construction, visual, and technology through architecture as a tool.

Deploy embarks itself of technological and engineering innovations which are close to go big, and sets architecture liberal to innovate more in these uncharted and heavily testing directions. it’s one among its kind platform that promotes the wayfinding during the crucial time between the catastrophe and its relief response.


User: Emergency shelters are an engineering solution primarily, but how well does one understand the user and description primary needs?
Structure: How innovative/efficient/effective is that the structure and infill materials utilized in the shelter?

Assembly/Disassembly: How will the planning resist the theft and mishandling, by becoming a strong entity despite modularity.
Adaptability: How the shelter will adapt with stages and time after its installation and use? How can it’s upgraded in further months or maybe a year?


The site for this competition is predicted to be either in small towns or remote/rural areas where the target population are often a couple of to a couple of hundred families. The deployment period can range from a couple of weeks to 10-12 months.

The design site are often in any of the places marked in green that are sensitive to typhoon activity. Design challenge looks at a more localized approach in building these shelters where the regional approach not only looks at manufacturing but human aspects of the place also .

There are two expected stages in submission, one may be a single unit for either a single-family or set of 2-3 families. Similarly, a community action plan for the design of multiple units is additionally required for your design proposal to finish . Conceptual management of services and layout of essential facilities and toilets are often indicated on the plan .

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  • Title

    Deploy – Emergency Shelters that Scale
  • Type

    Competition Announcement (Ideas)
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  • Registration Deadline

    March 30, 2021 03:00 PM
  • Submission Deadline

    March 29, 2021 03:00 PM
  • Price

    35 USD

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