The tsunami and consequent nuclear disaster of Fukushima, Japan back in 2011 is still fresh in local residents' minds as they continue to rebuild, even three years after the fact. It's an ongoing disaster in the sense that radioactive pollution now affects surrounding fish stocks, in addition to the human cost, with about one third of displaced residents are still waiting for housing as of March 2014.
Seen over at Designboom, Vienna, Austria based architect Luna Perschl is proposing a modular architecture system as a quick and efficient solution for disaster-hit areas like Fukushima. Inspired by a recent stint in Japan, Perschl designed the Pocket House, which "rethinks the urban environment for the earthquake-struck Yabuki town in Fukushima prefecture in Japan, by offering a sustainable solution that can be built by the community."
Made out of wood, the Pocket House is designed to be stored in preparation and assembled quickly as temporary residences to reduce emergency response times, or as individual units agglomerated together to form public centers. The concept appears to be based on a cube that is diagonally cut and opens up to provide light and air. Units can be combined to provide more space, or additional structures added in the future to create a permanent structure.
Though the concept is a bit on the diagrammatic side (no word on protection from elements, details, etc.), it still has some potential nonetheless as a expandable modular design that can be simply customized on-site to suit the locals' needs, rather than relying on a far-removed bureaucracy for aid. See more over at Designboom.