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.