Patricia Andrasik, Assoc. AIA, an assistant professor at the Catholic University of America's School of Architecture and Planning, wants to build sustainable homes in Iraqi Kurdistan. Recognizing that tents are flimsy and impermanent, Andrasik seeks to put roofs over the heads of refugees who have been forced to flee their homes. As part of a multi-phase project, Andrasik proposes restorative, environmentally sustainable ("RESTive") housing that will minimize cost and material use while providing the sense of permanence lacking in most refugee shelters. Her first phase is a visit to three potential sites for development of her proposal.

As Matt Alderton writes in Autodesk's Line//Shape//Space blog, Andrasik will use software to conduct analysis on the first phase sites to inform design of a multifamily structure in the project's second phase. The final phase of the project will be its construction, slated for completion by the end of 2017. “My final objective is very simple,” Andrasik tells Alderton in his piece. “It’s making families comfortable in their built environment so they’re able to live happy, sustainable lives—wherever they are.”

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