These modular, snap-together housing units were developed to aid in disaster relief for a potential hurricane in New York City. But to us they look a lot more like something we'd use in San Francisco after the next Big One. After San Francisco's devastating 1906 earthquake, people moved into tiny shacks in Golden Gate Park (a few of the shacks still exist). These habitats are this century's answer to the earthquake shack: they can snap together in an infinite variety of combinations and are covered with inflatable, water-resistant shell. Check out the future of San Francisco housing below.

Designed by Australian John Doyle, the shacks would be deployed to disaster zones in trucks, snapped together, and then covered in a massive, inflatable, weatherproof shell.

Green park? Check. Bicyclists zooming everywhere? Check. Disastrous earthquake devastates everything and takes out all services except high-speed internet? Check. Yep, it's San Francisco.


Here's what you get inside one.

John Doyle's Plans [New York Hurricane Relief]

io9's Geoff Manaugh has a post about another plan for disaster relief that involves giant floating suburban blimps.