The Challenge

Community resilience is a measure of the sustained ability of a community to utilize available resources to respond to, withstand, and recover from adverse situations.

The QuakeCraft challenge is to consider the principles of community resilience and build a protective habitat that can survive extreme natural forces.


  • Structural Integrity
  • Resilience

  • Regenerative design.


Design challenges posed by the environment

Houses are a type of building structure designed for the sole purpose of providing shelter from the environment for the people living inside. These structures are designed to support not only their own weight but also the the weight of the occupants and their belongings (couches, tables, fridges, etc).

However, these are not the only actions that a house is designed for. In fact, the house itself is exposed to the environment and so must be able to withstand the forces of nature to avoid collapse as this can can cause injury to the occupants and damage to their belongings.

The five main forces of nature that a house needs to withstand:

  • Earthquake

  • Wind

  • Flooding

  • Snow

  • Tsunami.