deployable emergency module offers protection after natural disasters
deployable emergency module offers protection after natural disasters deployable emergency module offers protection after natural disasters
nov 10, 2015

deployable emergency module offers protection after natural disasters

deployable emergency module offers protection after natural disasters
all images courtesy of felipe ferrer cárdenas




the student research team at the design studio of the facultad de arquitectura of the pontificia universidad católica del perú has created the ‘deployable emergency module’, built in response to the aftermath of natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, etc., that have hit the peruvian coast. the aim of the project was to create a housing structure that could be responsive to the characteristics and peculiarities of a specific climate, transportable, modular, easy to fold and unfold, strong, and resistant.

deployable emergency module
the project aimed to create a structure responsive to the characteristics and peculiarities of a specific climate




the result is a self-supporting structure that achieves equilibrium thanks to its radial distribution that restricts movement. each module is composed of a PVC circular base where an aluminum framework is attached and unfolded to turn into a dome-like unit. a second skin is later on added made of a thermal insulation foil, protecting the whole structure of extreme weather. air circulation was also a concern when designing the unit, therefore a controllable aperture can be found of the sides to allow air to come in while an opening was placed on top for warm air to go out.

deployable emergency module
when built the aluminum framework has a dome-like shape

deployable emergency module
once unfolded, a skin is added to the aluminum framework

deployable emergency module
each module has a capacity for eight people


project video containing concept and construction
video © juan pablo calderón

deployable emergency module
structure study

deployable emergency module
thermal study

deployable emergency module
transportation diagram

deployable emergency module
content diagram

deployable emergency module
assembly diagram 1

deployable emergency module
assembly diagram 2

deployable emergency module
assembly diagram 3



project info:


teachers: felipe ferrer cárdenas, peter seinfeld balbo
student team: jhonattan díaz gastelo, joselyn salinas colunche, juan pablo calderón cayo, marisol michilot yalán, nadia cabrera salazar, nicole castañeda garcía, pavel rosales espinoza, renato farro rivero, renatto pozo godfrey
location: peruvian coast
construction date: july 2015
state: built prototype
capacity: 8 persons
ensemble time: 4 hours
persons needed to assembly: 4



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edited by: juliana neira | designboom

  • Excellent project, inspired work, and thorough, professional demonstration. Good video, too. One rarely sees a prototype of a good new idea so well-executed.

    Mort d'Urban says:
  • A little more work and they could have figured out how to secret-fix the shingles. Otherwise, great stuff.

    mackenzie collins says:
  • We terribly need that here in Europe, to handle this tragedy of new immigration… or should we call it for what that is… a modern — sarcastic choice of term there, considering this situation is like drawing us as 2000 years back in history — biblic exodus!
    An information about the effective cost per unit would be interesting to know… aside that… an amazing teamwork indeed!

    Davide says:

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