House in a box

Associated Press
ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS APRIL 21-22 - In a Thursday, April 5, 2012 photo, solar panels are seen atop the Roese Sunshower SSIP house in New Orleans.  The house is meant to go up quickly after disasters and then serve as permanent housing that can withstand future calamities. It's designed to be environmentally friendly, survive outside damaged utility grids and can be shipped in pieces in a single container and assembled like an erector set. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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In one of the neighborhoods hit hardest by flooding in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, developers have built a prototype house that's aimed at providing a quick housing solution for areas blown away by hurricanes and tornadoes or knocked down by earthquakes.

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