Gilcrease, Miranda (2024-02). Emergency Response Shelter Prototype. Master's Thesis. Thesis uri icon


  • Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a psychological theory containing a five-tier model of human needs. The needs on the lower level needs to be satisfied before the next level can be attained. Physiological needs are biological requirements for human survival like air, food, drink, shelter, etc. Once those needs are satisfied, the next level of needs includes safety and security. Individuals want order and control. Those needs are satisfied by family and society: police, schools, businesses and medical care for example. The next level of human needs is love and belongingness. Examples include friendship, trust and acceptance. This level talks about a sense of community and being part of a group. The fourth level of Maslow's hierarchy includes esteem needs. There are two categories, esteem for oneself (dignity, achievement, independence) and the desire for reputation or respect for others (status, prestige). The last level is self-actualization needs which refer to the realization of a person's potential, self-fulfillment, seeking personal growth and peak experiences. This project will address the first four levels of Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

publication date

  • June 2023