Temporary housing unit and self-managed camp


15SEP 2018
# TITLE: Temporary housing unit and self-managed camp
# STUDENTS: Chariskou Chrysi
# SUPERVISOR: Polyxeni Mantzou, Nikolaos Thomas, Maria Grigoriadou
# DATE: 2017
# COURSE: Diploma Design Thesis
# SCHOOL / DEPARTMENT: University of Thrace, Department of Architecture

Portable and flexible architecture, although not very widespread, has been being studied by many designers and students in recent years in the context of providing an immediate and cost-effective solution to temporary housing issues as well as emergency situations.

The proposal presented below is the result of a similar experiment aimed not only at providing temporary housing but also a self-sufficiency among users. Elements like ecology, economy and freedom were the basic principles of planning and the study began its first steps.

   The space we live in is shaped and constantly changing in relation to our needs and personality. Our space is also shaped to be compatible with our climate and culture. As a first step, the construction of the temporary unit should be suitable to provide a temporary but quality solution to one or more users and be easily and quickly transported to any desired location. Be designed with energy criteria and adapted to diversity and flexibility, support everyday living and encourage users to adopt a lifestyle closer to nature and its goods.

    The module, as shown below in the application, is configured by the user in two steps. In the first step, the type and quantity of the basic skeleton is selected and in the second step the desired fillings.

   The skeleton is foldable for easy storage and transportation. It also has expanded soles with bolts so that it can be placed on natural and uneven ground .With the appropriate joints it can be joined with other similar ones to produce larger and more complex types and spaces.

   Various types have been studied for the filling of the frame, others suitable as openings, others as roof and floor elements and others as interior fittings. Specially designed types are also provided with suggested placements to favor indoor cooling or to collect stormwater.

      As part of the projects functionality review, the creation of a self-managed camp, which has all the necessary facilities for production and preparation of food, hygiene and entertainment, has been studied. The correct use of skeletons and fillings creates greenhouses with watering systems, shower rooms where water is heated directly by the sun and collected for reuse, as well as music studios, showrooms and small vendors.