'The $300 House' Challenge

Bring affordable housing to the world’s poor. $25,000 prize pool

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ON-SITE EARTH

Our home proposal uses material found on any site. We invented a forming system that transforms into a watertight, daylighting, water harvesting roof system. All components serve multi-functions. The resulting structure is grounded, safe and nurturing.

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THE CIRCLE IS DIVINE.  IT HAS POWERS THAT ARE UNIVERSAL; ONES WHICH TRANSCEND HUMAN CAPACITIES.  PEOPLE IN NEED CAN BE HEALED THROUGH THIS FORCE.  WE PROPOSE A 20 FT. INTERIOR DIAMETER CIRCLE MADE OF EARTH FROM THE HOMES SITE.  SOIL IS UNIVERSAL, AS IS PORTLAND CEMENT TO BOND THE THERMAL MASS WALL DURING FORMING.  WE MAKE IT 2 FT. THICK, GROUNDED INTO THE EARTH, REVEALING HER COLORS ABOVE GRADE.  THE RAMMED EARTH LOAD BEARING WALLS ARE PUNCTURED TWICE; CREATING VENTILATION AND PASSAGE.

THE EARTHEN WALLS REGULATE INTERIOR TEMPERATURES AND BREATHES WELL

 

OUR $300 HOUSE CONCEPT IS GOVERNED BY THE RULE: EVERYTHING MUST HAVE MORE THAN ONE FUNCTION.  THE EARTHEN WALLS BEAR THE ROOF / PROTECT THE OCCUPANTS / REGULATE INTERIOR TEMPERATURE SWINGS.  THE PET PLASTIC PANELS FORM THE EARTHWALLS / BECOME THE ROOF / HAVE INTEGRAL THERMAL PROPERTIES.  THE ROOF FORM ENERGIZES THE OCCUPANTS / ALLOWS FOR SECURE DAY-LIGHTING / CATCHES RAIN WATER

THIS HOME IS MADE BY THE OCCUPANTS.  PET PLASTIC PANELS ARE SET IN 4 FT. LIFTS.  THE SITE SOIL IS MIXED BY HAND WITH PORTLAND CEMENT.  PANELS ARE FILLED AND TAMPED BY HAND.  THE LIGHT WEIGHT PET PANELS ARE REARRANGED AS ROOF STRUCTURE.  CLEAR VINYL INFILL PANELS ARE FASTENED TO ROOF UNDULATIONS TO BECOME WINDOWS AND VENT OPENINGS.  THE SWEAT EQUITY OF THE OCCUPANTS CONNECTS THEM TO THE SPACE, AND ACTIVATES WELLBEING

 

75% OF THE TOTAL MATERIALS TO CREATE THE HOME ARE ALREADY PRESENT AT THE SITE.  THE COLOR OF THE DIRT INHERENTLY CONNECTS THE HOME TO ITS ENVIRONMENT.  THE PROCESS OF MAKING THE RAMMED EARTH WALLS ALLOWS THE OCCUPANTS TO CUSTOMIZE THE FACADE COLOR.  A HOME MADE BY ITS OCCUPANT CREATES OWNERSHIP AND A HOME THAT IS LOVED

IF AWARDED THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROTOTYPE OUR PROPOSAL, INVESTIGATION INTO THE ENGINEERING, MATERIALITY, AND MANUFACTURING OF THE PET PANELS WOULD BE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY.  THE USE OF RECYCLED ET PLASTIC AND MODERN MANUFACTURING METHODS OF INJECTION MOLDING, STRUCTURED INTERNAL MATRIX, WOULD BE VALUE ENGINEERED WITH A RAPID PROTOTYPE ANALYSIS.

THE PET PANELS TRAVEL LIGHT TO THE SITE.  PANELS ARE ARRANGED INTO INNER AND OUTER CIRCLES TO FORM RAMMED EARTHEN WALLS IN TWO 4 FT. LIFTS.  ONCE EARTHEN WALLS ARE CURED, PANELS ARE REMOVED AND REASSEMBLED AS THE ROOF.  THE CELLULAR STRUCTURAL COMPOSITION OF THE PANELS ALLOWS FOR CANTILEVERED SHADING, WATER CATCHMENT AND A THERMAL INSULATOR TO THE OUTSIDE TEMPERATURES.  WE INTEND FOR THE PANELS TO BE LIGHT WEIGHT, DURABLE, AND IN THEIR FINAL RESTING PLACE, UPLIFTING.

AFTER A SITE IN NEED IS IDENTIFIED, WE WILL UTILIZE DIGITAL ENERGY MODELING TO ORIENT THE HOMES ON THE SITE.  THIS ORIENTATION ENSURES HIGHEST LEVEL OF PASSIVE SOLAR HEATING AND COOLING DESIGN. GPS INFORMATION, WIND PATTERNS / WATER MOVEMENT / SHADOW CASTING, INFORMS THE DIGITAL SITING

TRES BIRDS WORKSHOP IS A FULL SERVICE ARCHITECTURE + GENERAL CONTRACTING FIRM WITH 10 YEARS EXPERIENCE INVENTING.  WE CONNECT PEOPLE TO NATURAL CYCLES, WHILE LOWERING THE EMBODIED ENERGY OF THE MAKING AND OPERATING OF BUILDINGS.

 

THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY

MIKE MUIRHEID MOORE

FOUNDER TRES BIRDS WORKSHOP

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