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FIN AL IS T

Bubbles of Hope
FIRM: HDR
TEAM REPRESENTATIVES:
Alex Chen, architectural designer; Chris
DePalma, project architect;
Insung Hwang, architectural designer; Paul
Daniel, lighting designer; and Ying Luo,
architectural intern

T H E CH AL L E N GE
When earthquakes, floods, and
pandemics occur, they result in
displacement, injuries, and death
in addition to pressure on local
health systems and first responders. Often, targeted responses are
hindered by a lack of accessibility
and/or spatial constraints. Additionally, shelters constructed
for those displaced are often
uncomfortable and stressful for
occupants.
T H E CO NCE P T
Bubbles of Hope envisions
deployable homes, or temporary
structures that provide safety and
comfort in a flexible, adaptable
form. It reimagines the disaster
response process, too, by innovating typical solutions for both
the shelter and field hospital. For
example, field hospitals generally
put caregivers in dangerous situations, but Bubbles of Hope delivers
care remotely via drone to keep
first responders safe.

THE D ETAILS
The bubbles themselves are made
of a lightweight steel structure
that unfolds from a small wheel
capsule delivered to disaster sites
by drone. After unfolding, the
tent-like structure locks together
magnetically and is constructed of
a durable, waterproof, self-repairing fabric. Artificial intelligence
directs inhabitants on performing
triage and first aid via an interactive screen, while the central core

holds water and food. The entire
form is powered by photovoltaics
on top of the bubble that generate electricity to supplement an
integrated power pack. Bubbles
of Hope are color coded to denote
availability: green being available,
yellow partially occupied, and
red full. Disaster management
takes place remotely, with drones
remaining over disaster zones to
provide two-way communication
with the control center. 

MORE ONLINE: To view the videos presented by each team during the finale
of Breaking Through, as well as more images from the conceptual designs, visit
HCDmagazine.com/2020-breaking-through-finale.

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