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Canadian architectural firms win for best "disaster-proof" house designs

The award winning 'Core' design by Q4 Architects ( Courtesy, Q4 Architects)

The award winning 'Core' design by Q4 Architects ( Courtesy, Q4 Architects)

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The Designing Recovery competition by the American Institute of Architects addresses the destruction caused by natural disasters, such as Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina, by awarding design proposals for houses meant to withstand them.
   
Two of the three winning proposals were designed by Canadian firms: Q4 Architects and Sustainable T.O.
   
Elizabeth George
is a designer at Q4 Architects, which designed a tornado-proof house that will now be built in Joplin, Missouri. The 'Core' house (pictured below) features a 600 square-foot concrete core surrounded by flexible rooms. It essentially moves the tornado cellar above grade. Joplin is still rebuilding after a series of tornadoes destroyed blocks of buildings.

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