I am on the look-out for things that I think are smart. This is one of those things.

I came across this design by FROG in Austin Texas for the EXO emergency shelter. It seems to me that this would make an excellent addition to our tool kit for dealing with emergencies here at home and overseas in places like Haiti. We all remember the Fema Trailer Debacle after Hurricane Katrina … could this have made a difference?

For the last 3 months, Kendra and I have shared our home with Pascal Akimana – a refugee from the country of Burundi, a tiny African nation just to the south of Rwanda. Among the many stories that Pascal has shared – he has talked about the conditions in the refugee camps where he spent most of his adolescence. It’s depressing, scary and horrifying. He lived in small shacks made of recovered corrugated metal, cardboard, wood pallets and canvas, which he started building from the age of 12.

Had a solution like EXO been utilized – it could have added to the sense of safety, shelter and security that he so desperately needed in those years. Check out the video below to learn about the EXO.

Reaction Housing System Overview from Michael McDaniel on Vimeo.