P.O.D. stands for "Points of Distribution" in disaster relief. This umbrella project provides a catalogue of urban infrastructural elements, designed for a series of standard 20 and 40 feet container shells. The containers, displaying and offering their distinctive inside life when installed on site, can be used individually or in a series of modules combined.

P.O.D. is developed for emergency areas, disadvantaged rural sites or any type of dysfunctional urban environment. It is designed to be applied in a condition of economic depression or lack of development; alone, clustered or spread in a system of urban acupunctures. The logistic arrangement is strictly obedient to the social necessities and local site conditions (e.g. terrain, soil, climate); the layout of a collective plan can be adjusted according to the actual need. In the case of emergency situations, an urban plan can be stimulated; temporarily or as long as it takes until a permanent city structure has been developed. The instant city will create attraction where there is monotony, it will generate life where there has been death.

The application of a multifunctional P.O.D. infrastructure was studied in collaboration with the University of Houston for a target site in Khao Lak, Thailand after a Tsunami hit the country in late 2004. A P.O.D. for water supply including a pumping station was placed in the Sintiopia project; a strategical use regarding information and communication technology to be developed and provided for a sustainable economic development in rural areas was explored in ICT 4 SED. The distribution of P.O.D.'s supporting urban recreational activities is explored in projects such as BicipúbliCartago, Plug N Skate or T.B.C.. The possibility to use shipping containers in the context of a low cost residential environment is developed in Container Housing and the Modular Village.


A Company (Oliver Schütte and Marije van Lidth de Jeude with Mauricio Cavallini, Henry Liu Marquez and project specific support)

Location: Various

Status: Ongoing

Year: 2003–present