As highly destructive storms are becoming increasingly likely – take note from the recent Hurricane Sandy that ravaged the Atlantic Coast – [Y/N] Studio proposes a look at our response to disaster and its potential to increase community cohesion and urban regeneration. Sustainable design has rightfully become an essential consideration of design, but natural disasters remind us that resistant design, sometimes at odds with our sustainable goals, also have a place in the discussion. Disaster Ready housing offers an architectural scenario of precautionary measures offering protection for many types of threats.
“What defines city living for an up‐market, but paranoid generation bombarded by iconic images of disaster? Inspired by American studies where, post 9/11, 80% of adults said that they had an “increased appreciation for their families” while others suddenly had the urge for intimate physical contact…” says [Y/N] Studio.
Disaster Ready : A “Holy” protective mesh surrounds mixed clusters of luxury and key worker apartments as a hierarchy of shutters open and close in response to the ever-changing UK terror threat. Carefully choreographed shared facilities provide the backdrop for staged re‐enactments preparing residents for statistically unlikely disasters, lucky escapes or heroic failures. Whilst an undulating landscape of antibacterial gardens fortifies their immune system in fear of dirty bombs.
Architects: [Y/N] Studio; Alex Smith
Location: Westminster, London, UK, 2025,
Status: Speculative Research