Phys.org has written a thought provoking article about how disaster aid workers should consider utilizing local building patterns to create disaster relief housing because it is already formulated for local weather conditions.
"The structures were well adapted for dealing with the winds, rains and heat of the Caribbean. Wind exposure was reduced by locating houses in an irregular pattern and using windbreaks and partitions. Houses lasted for centuries because they were deliberately rebuilt and repaired."
For more information,
- Resilience in Pre-Columbian Caribbean House-Building: Dialogue Between Archaeology and Humanitarian Shelter (PDF Available)
- A.V.M. Samson, C.A. Crawford, M.L.P. Hoogland, C.L. Hofman, Human Ecology, April 2015.