Towards Long-term Sustainable Performance of Post-disaster Housing Reconstruction: Second Life for Temporary Housing

Akila Pramodh Rathnasinghe*, Diani Sirimewan, Archchana Shandraseharan, Niraj Thurairajah, Menaha Thayaparan, K.G.A.S. Waidyasekara

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The pressing human needs caused due to post-disaster effects may force donors to provide a roof above the heads of the displaced communities than focusing on fulfilling the references of a ‘home,’ which is a step toward restoring a certain sense of stability embedded with social, cultural, economic, and other interactions. And several displaced communities around the world continue to live in their temporary housing on a long term basis. Therefore, this study aimed at investigating methods to consider a second life for the post-disaster temporary housing which may ensure long-term sustainable performance. A comprehensive literature survey has been carried out in attaining the aim. Many studies have found that the rapid post-disaster housing re-construction strategies through universal working standards have become unsustainable and
culturally unacceptable in the long term. Furthermore, in various instances, the real-life post-disaster temporary housing has been simply dismantled or abandoned due to the end of usage and cultural incompatibility, without giving any concern for future disasters. This could be minimised by transforming the donor initiated temporary housing into a permanent basis. To achieve this, scholars have identified the need of considering the socio-cultural and related physical needs through active involvement of affected communities. Therefore, to achieve prolonged use of temporary housing, the findings suggest that the social and cultural needs of communities and associated physical transformations need to be considered by the donors. The findings serve as a way forward to explore a transformational space that can accommodate social and physical transformations in post-disaster housing reconstruction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th World Construction Symposium
EditorsY.G. Sandanayake, S. Gunatilake, K.G.A.S. Waidyasekara
Place of PublicationColombo, Sri Lanka
PublisherCeylon Institute of Builders
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2021
EventWCS 2021: The 9th World Construction Symposium: Reshaping construction: Strategic, Structural & Cultural Transformations towards the ‘Next Normal’ - Virtual, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Duration: 9 Jul 202110 Jul 2021

Publication series

NameWorld Construction Symposium
ISSN (Print)2362-0935


ConferenceWCS 2021: The 9th World Construction Symposium
Country/TerritorySri Lanka
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