We are so proud to hear that RAPIDO, the disaster recovery housing pilot program led by our former student Elaine Morales with BCworkshop, has been awarded 1st place in the Social Impact category of the Place by Design Competition at the SXSW Eco 2015 conference, a space for business leaders, investors, innovators and designers to drive economic, environmental and social change.

We talked about Elaine’s role in this project last October, and are so thrilled to see it recognized as a game-changer in the field of post-disaster design. RAPIDO rethinks the model of rebuilding by approaching recovery from a temp-to-perm strategy that quickly deploys a temporary CORE to a family’s property that expands over time with semi-custom additions as time and resources become available.

The Rapido model starts recovery activities prior to a disaster. We call it precovery. Precovery means pre-designing to increase the variety and quality of home designs available, pre-procurement to allow housing recovery to start at the earliest, and preparedness and training to build reliable teams that support local jurisdictions and assist families through the recovery phase. By investing in precovery activities communities will be better prepared to recover.” – [RAPIDO Place by Design Competition pitch]

Learn more about RAPIDO in this video and read more about the project and other conclusions of the SXSW Eco Conference at the Guardian.

Congrats Elaine!!!


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