A mythical bird of great beauty fabled to live 500 or 600 years in the Arabian wilderness, to burn itself on a funeral pyre, and to rise from its ashes in the freshness of youth and live through another cycle of years: often an emblem of immortality or of reborn idealism or hope.
“The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune’s spite; revive from the ashes, and rise.” –Miguel de Cervantes
Disasters devastate communities, placing the residents’ lives on hold, during the arduous climb back to normalcy. Disaster Relief is the design focus of the Phoenix House. The phoenix is a symbol of resurrection, a rebirth from destruction. Survivors of natural disasters have a vision for the future, and are inspired for a new home better than the one before. Just as the phoenix rises from the ashes, so too will people rise from disaster to begin a-new in the Phoenix House.
The Phoenix House is a permanent and sustainable post-disaster housing prototype that can be quickly deployed for the families that have lost their homes to disaster. These homes will be producing their own power, and if needed their water can be deployed well before the community infrastructure is restored. When grid connected, the distributed generation of sustainable power will improve the homeowner and community with a much more robust and “green” infrastructure.