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Home2O: Upcycled Disaster Relief


Students at the New York Institute of Technology are reimagining disaster housing.

In the aftermath of a disaster, an initiative by students at the New York Institute of Technology's School of Architecture and Design to keep plastic water bottles out of landfills could provide much needed shelter from the elements. The system, called Home20, combines crushed empty bottles and specially-designed shipping pallets that disaster victims could use to potentially build a lightweight shelter as large as 1,000 square feet. In this video, from their successful Kickstarter campaign, one of the students behind Home2O explains how the system works: