Crisis Data and UN Goals
The difficulties of building structures during or after a crisis?
- Often in remote locations
- Short supply of materials, machinery and labour
- Disposal / repurposing of rubble and brick waste is difficult
- Rebuilt structures have the same inherent issues as failed construction – often not earthquake, cyclone or fire proof
The statistics (courtesy the UN):
- 1.6 billion people [are] living in inadequate housing, one billion of whom reside in slums and informal settlements
- 95 % of urban expansion in the next decades will take place in developing world
- 883 million people live in slums today and most of them are found in Eastern and South-Eastern Asia
- Small and medium-sized enterprises that engage in industrial processing and manufacturing are the most critical for the early stages of industrialization and are typically the largest job creators. They make up over 90 per cent of business worldwide and account for between 50-60 per cent of employment.
Millennium Development Goals:
Goal 7 Ensure Environmental Stability:
Goal 7 Target 1: Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes and reverse the loss of environmental resources.
By utilising existing waste rubble on site, further mining of local sand and rock is not required, and transportation of heavy materials at high cost is also not required. End of product life cycle recycling for existing materials becomes possible.
Goal 7 target 4: Achieve, by 2020, a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers.
By swiftly responding to various crises and situations with building of reliable and safe dwellings, the life of the most vulnerable people can be improved. In fact their lives can be saved in the future, based on the assumption that it is highly likely that earthquakes and cyclones strike many times in the same area in one generation.
Other UN Goals Related to Mobile Crisis Construction:
Industries Innovation and Infrastructure:
9.3 Increase the access of small-scale industrial and other enterprises, in particular in developing countries, to financial services, including affordable credit, and their integration into value chains and markets
Sustainable Cities and Communities:
11.1 By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums
11.C Support least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials