University of Virginia, School of Architecture


Initiative reCOVER, directed by Asst. Professor Anselmo Canfora, focuses on creating disaster relief shelters in critical emergency situations that will provide safe, healthy and sustainable lifesaving support for those in need throughout the world. It began as a speculative project that has evolved into a series of case studies that examine real–life disaster situations in North and South America, Africa, and eastern Europe. Students and faculty perform in–depth evaluation and assessment of each area and integrate principals of design in creating temporary shelter options that are accurately appropriately scaled to the abilities and resources of local communities to implement these structures. Canfora and his students address potential and real–life disaster situations by collaborating on the research, design and fabrication of transitional disaster relief shelters through the use of advanced digital technology and proven methods of construction. The results of their efforts will be shared with an emerging global network for humanitarian design.


University of Virginia
School of Architecture
Campbell Hall, Office 318
PO Box 400122
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4122

434 924 7057

UVa School of Architecture

Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8 Set-Cookie: _design-ignites-change_session=BAh7BiIKZmxhc2hJQzonQWN0aW9uQ29udHJvbGxlcjo6Rmxhc2g6OkZsYXNo%0ASGFzaHsABjoKQHVzZWR7AA%3D%3D--b02ec94f15099ea4c6fc3af8160ce5fdab3e9288; path=/ Status: 500 Internal Server Error X-Powered-By: Phusion Passenger (mod_rails/mod_rack) 2.0.6 X-Runtime: 0.00010 ETag: "c78c678a6609ba464a7348fc7c7945a8" Cache-Control: private, max-age=0, must-revalidate Content-Length: 947 We're sorry, but something went wrong (500)

We're sorry, but something went wrong.

We've been notified about this issue and we'll take a look at it shortly.