DATABASE AS A TOOL FOR CASE STUDY ANALYSIS: EXEMPLARY TEMPORARY SHELTERS IN A FLOOD SCENARIO

Open Access
Author:
Corbley, Tyler
Graduate Program:
Architecture
Degree:
Master of Science
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
March 20, 2019
Committee Members:
  • Loukas Kalisperis, Thesis Advisor
  • Benay Gürsoy Toykoç, Thesis Advisor
  • Marcus Shaffer, Committee Member
  • Lisa Domenica Iulo, Committee Member
Keywords:
  • Temporary Shelters
  • Case Study Analysis Database
  • Flood Resilience
  • Architecture
Abstract:
This research presents an exploration of temporary shelters in a flood scenario through the development of a database that facilitates case study analysis. Climate change data suggests that flooding is going to become a more frequent and powerful occurrence, affecting communities further inland every year. Current disaster relief strategies often fail to provide adequate living arrangements when flooding exceeds the limits of the infrastructure. What is missing from the development of temporary shelters is the processing of information needed to make high quality and contextually appropriate designs. Therefore, this thesis develops a database as a tool to analyze case studies, forming a library of information relevant to the design of temporary shelters in a flood scenario. This database can be used by designers and non-government organizations to distribute information and support the relief effort. The case study analysis is a crucial step in the design process, yet there is no defined method of sorting and processing the information for the development of design conclusions. Using this database to analyze case studies establishes a repeatable framework for the analysis and processing of case study information. This thesis utilizes the framework presented here to produce guidelines for the design of temporary shelters within the context of flooding; thus, contributing to a discussion about shelter design and establishing a discourse regarding the way cases studies are analyzed.