Smart Shelter Workshops

Smart Shelter Workshops

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Martijn Schildkamp and the class on the final day of the Smart Shelter workshops.

Martijn Schildkamp and the class on the final day of the Smart Shelter workshops.

In January 2016 we were delighted to welcome Martijn Schildkamp, founder of three Smart Shelter divisions, to Dublin for an inspiring programme of  lectures, design workshops and hands-on experiments. Martijn shared his considerable expertise in the following areas;

Emergency Architecture and Resilient Engineering

The brief was to work through the design stages for a typical building in a developing context or disaster related area such as Guatemala, Haiti, the Philippines and Nepal focussing specifically on the transitional period between ‘temporary shelter and semi-permanent house’.

Over four days the participants developed an awareness of unconventional, alternative construction techniques and the need for sustainable solutions, stimulating creative thinking and the ability to search for the right questions that need to be answered during the whole process.

Engineering Design for the Bottom of the Pyramid

This workshop introduced participants to the challenges of designing products for communities in a developing country by exploring unconventional parameters in unknown contexts, challenging them to think out-of-the-box and search for different sources and resources. Solutions preferably run without the use of electricity or petrol, may not release toxics or fumes into the environment, and must be easy to maintain and repair.

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