One of the most striking architectural projects of the twentieth century took place during the Second World War. The concept was developed in 1942 by the chief scientific advisor to the British government, Professor Frederick Lindemann known as Baron Cherwell. He had a task of exploring the most effective ways in which the British troops will be deployed to fight Hitler. Cherwell’s proposition was to demoralise German people and destroy public support Nazis had by destroying homes. He presented The Dehousing Paper to Prime Minister Winston Churchill during the cabinet’s debate on the most effective ways to fight Nazi Germany.
Dehouse is a system for moral and physical recovery.
Dehouse 2 is a living environment formed from reconfigured elements of buildings which have been taken apart by destruction or demolition. New architecture is constructed by hand, by the affected community which will itself also inhabit it. The system of joints is developed and incorporated into the surviving elements of the scale which allows easy handling to be reused and composed in multiple different ways. The notion of spatial uncertainty and anticipation of the homely form a foundation of strong society.