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Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

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It is quite astonishing that most homes being built today fail to adequately respond to natural disasters. Looking within the last decade, the data indicates that these disasters are more frequent than they once were, and are affecting a larger geographical area. Many believe that these patterns will only escalate. The magnitude and frequency of these tornadoes and hurricanes are hard to ignore. The power and destruction inflicted has affected most Americans in a multitude of ways.

We simply cannot continue to build homes using typical methods of construction in these disaster-prone areas. To re-build a home in the same manner on top of a post-disaster site is the definition of insanity.

This thesis aims to bridge the gap and merge the benefits of the safety associated with living in a concrete bunker and the perception of quality of space associated with living in a glass home. An analysis of feasibility and difficulty of construction, and cost will help set parameters early on in the design phase. The goal is that the resultant home could be deployed in both pre and post disaster areas. The challenge, I am addressing, is designing a home that is impervious to tornado and hurricane while offering a delightful space of dwelling.


First Advisor

Kathleen Lugosch

Second Advisor

Ray Mann

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