Habitats for extreme environments

 
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DESIGNING RESILIENT
COMMUNITIES

Are you interested in architecture, engineering, or helping the world?

The Quakecraft challenge is to design and prototype a sustainable tiny house for extreme conditions and natural disasters, including earthquakes. Using 3D printing, laser cutting, and Computer Aided Design teams will design their very own model house and test its structural integrity on a shake table. The design thinking approach encompasses resilient community building with reference to New Brighton, South Pacific Islands and many other areas in high need of housing.



 

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Science and Technology

QuakeCraft Event

 


Three days of
making & breaking

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resilient design

QuakeCraft = design innovation. 

Developed by University of Canterbury's Quake Centre in Partnership with Ara Institute of Canterbury and Fab Lab Chch, this event has been created to inspire our next generation of designers and engineers.

Design teams work together to problem solve complex structural issues – the fundamentals of physics, geometry, calculus and material science has never been so exciting!!

QuakeCraft
at your school?

Contact us if you want to run the QuakeCraft initiative at your school.

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Programme

Quakecraft is a three day special event designed and developed by Ara, University of Canterbury and Fab Lab Chch. Participants are hosted hosted by expert designers, engineers and challenged to reimagine resilient habitats.
 

DESIGNING FOR RESILIENCE

DURATION: 3 hours

Participants are introduced to the Pacific Island and coastal lying land areas we're building for and how this applies to designing for extreme environments. 

Special guests Wikihouse show how their traditional values of community building are being amplified by technology.

Teams work together on a rapid habitat design challenge and are briefed and prepped for day two's activities

BUILD, TEST, REFINE

DURATION: 6 hours

Using digital fabrication technology, participants will work through a Design Thinking process to Ideate, Design, Prototype and Test their habitats.

Throughout the day, structures will be tested on shake tables and rated by engineering experts. Design principles, such as loadings, frequencies and isolation are investigated through hands-on action.

 

 

ENGINEERING TEST AND AWARDS

DURATION: 3 hours

The final day is hosted at the University of Canterbury. Quakecrafters will be shown UC's incredible Structural Engineering Laboratory. Using this facility we'll be testing our structures on the instruments the pros use.

To wrap the event up, participants will meet some of our countries best brains on the topic of extreme engineering and win awards!