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ArchWeek Residential 2010.0701

Postby Kevin » Thu Jul 01, 2010 1:26 pm

Dear Designers, Builders, and Dwellers,

ArchWeek Residential brings you housing news and analysis weekly from the editors of ArchitectureWeek.

With the general provisioning of regular housing in the U.S. in such darned good shape these days, it might be nice (though admittedly, only in a twisted, ironic way) to know that the shape of disaster housing appears to be no better:

"In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, they became a symbol of the government's inept response to that disaster: the 120,000 or so trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to people who had lost their homes.

"The trailers were discovered to have such high levels of formaldehyde that the government banned them from ever being used for long-term housing again.

"Some of the trailers, though, are getting a second life amid the latest disaster here - as living quarters for workers involved with the cleanup of the oil spill.

"Ron Mason, owner of a disaster contracting firm, Alpha 1, said that in the past two weeks he had sold more than 20 of the trailers to cleanup workers and the companies that employ them in Venice and Grand Isle, La.

"Even though federal regulators have said the trailers are not to be used for housing because of formaldehyde's health risks, Mr. Mason said some of these workers had bought them so they could be together with their wives and children after work.

"'These are perfectly good trailers,' Mr. Mason said, adding that he has leased land in and around Venice for 40 more trailers that are being delivered from Texas in the coming weeks. 'Look, you know that new car smell? Well, that's formaldehyde, too. The stuff is in everything. It's not a big deal.'"

Banned Trailers Return for Latest Gulf Disaster - New York Times, 2010.0630

Gee whiz.

How good an idea was it to sell off a bunch of unlivable housing trailers (back in 2006), with the requirement that they couldn't be used for housing?

Aren't they kind of big for hood ornaments?

How many times does this mistake have to be fixed? How about the economic benefits of getting 120,000 poisonous mobile dwellings off the market - permanently?! Maybe the GSA could apply for a stimulus grant.

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