With the looming housing crisis in Haiti, the SEED project provides a feasable solution to quickly provide shelter to those in need. The project , called SEED, was conceived last year by Clemson University Architecture as a solution for the aftermath hurricanes in less fortunate countries. The project is referred to as follows on Clemson’s SEED site:
Utilizing an existing surplus of shipping containers and working with industry partners including Container -it, Intermodal Steel Building Units Association, Sargent Metals, and Tri-County Technical, Clemson University designers from the Department of Architecture and the Department of Landscape Architecture are researching and developing an affordable housing solution for the Caribbean Region. Caribbean nations inherently import more goods than they export generating a steady surplus of shipping containers. Shipping containers are designed to carry massive amounts of cargo and withstand extreme weather conditions making them a logical housing component. Completely constructed of steel and reinforced with eight corner post moment connections and corrugated steel walls a 40? shipping container can carry 67,200 pounds and resist overturn when exposed to winds up to 140 mph. Without modification a 40? shipping container has 304 square feet of floor space and eliminates problems associated with insects, fire, and hurricanes. With modification a 40? shipping container can be a safe, comfortable, and environmentally friendly home for numerous local inhabitants who would otherwise have less.