Friday, January 14, 2011


The founding team for this project has closed up shop and moved on. We had a great time and learnt lots about houses, working with people, and how normal people are scared of wikis! If you want to follow up on anything here, please feel free to give us a shout. Everything is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike License.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

We're starting to make progress on our tiny modular home concept in Christian's design core. We've put together our basic design specs and a mission statement.

160 square feet
10 foot ceilings

Target audience segments:
-new immigrants
-elderly persons
(low income groups, often living alone.)

Design for:
-social integration
-resource conservation
-essential function (conserving space, essential items only.)

Mission statement:
Through creative codesign, we will conceive a home that acts as an interface encouraging balance for expressive people. Living in this home is an investment in a stronger community.

Monday, January 11, 2010

A New Term and New Project

I'm really excited to be starting Christian Blyt's Design Core class this term, as we'll be designing small modular housing, with the idea of laneway homes in mind. At the end of term, our class will even be building a full scale model of a hybrid design!

Lorea and I (Rachel) have teamed up with Joey and Mina to work. Here are a few of the images we've gathered in our preliminary research on modular housing.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Entries from Formshift

I know this is a long time due, but we entered the FormShift competition a while back, and I don't believe we ever ended up posting our entry. At the time, this was because we were concerned that people from the competition might see our entry, learn who we were, and therefore end up disqualifying us. Not a concern anymore- so here they are!

We didn't end up winning any prizes, but we were definitely proud of what we produced. We're not architecture students- we're second year ID students. We were very happy to have the experience of competing against other students and professionals alike.

We're gearing up right now to enter the Architecture for Humanity and IDSWest competition Prefab 20*20. I can't say much about our entry, but I am excited for the competition itself. It should be a blast!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

What about a design using this concept: Botany building.

Talk about bringing the outdoors in.

Half outdoor space

An interesting design concept: "Half-outdoor space." The idea is to bring the outside indoors.
As I get back into my Vancouver mindset (I'll be heading home this Friday,) I've been thinking about a key concept for our design. I love the idea of healthy minds and bodies through design. Working with professionals like kineseologists and yoga instructors may prove to be one way to completely rethink design for the future. Psychologists may be another group to consult.