Gulf Coast's Pre-Fab Retail Rebound

Designers and architects are teaming up to provide the Gulf Coast region with pre-fabricated buildings meant to serve as temporary general stores and community centers for areas still struggling to recuperate.

"Leading architects, designers, engineers, local governments, and community organizations are launching an ambitious initiative to help the Gulf region address one of the pressing needs still faced in many communities two years after the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina: a dearth of retail outlets to provide basic goods and services."

"The Retail Deployment Initiative (ReDI) is developing a low-cost solution for areas still without local access to staples such as groceries, clothing and telephone and other communications services/equipment."

"ReDI, spearheaded by Metropolis magazine and prefabricated design/build firm Modern Modular, will create a series of prefabricated buildings that will serve both as transitional retail 'general stores' and community centers."

Full Story: Designers Aid Gulf Area with New Retail Initiative

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