Competition Details

Human Habitat Structure

by vsidy

The Human Habitat Structure is designed for quick-response housing after disasters. The significant attribute of the Structure is its variable tilt, which 1) allows it to adjust easily to a variety of non-uniform ground slopes, 2) provides for positive roof drainage, and 3) enables the structure geometry to remain rectilinear, allowing cost-effective manufacture, storage, transportation, and erection. Two hinged floor platforms level the main interior areas of the Structure, adjustable based on site slope.

For erection, the folded structure is placed on a 1-6% slope, lifted and anchored slightly above the ground with local stones, logs, or debris. The roof panel can be lifted by two persons, thereby unfolding the side walls. The end walls are pivoted up to lock the structure in place. The adjustable floor platforms are then leveled to compensate for the slope of the overall building.

The Structure prototype pictured was built for under $1,000 US with conventional construction techniques, and is currently undergoing testing. The overall dimensions of the prototype are 8’x8’x24’, but the structure is easily scaled larger or smaller based on need. Lightweight and renewable materials could further enhance the sustainability attributes of the structure. With its rectilinear geometry, the structures can be built by low-skilled workers with locally available materials.

This Human Habitat Structure is intended to distill the refuge of a floor, roof, and walls to its most basic elements, while minimizing the time needed to level and erect the structure at time of deployment.