When: December 2012 - May 2013

Team: Michelle Emma James + Ammon Beyerle

Partners: Visionary Design Development (Mary Ann Jackson, Nick Shearman, Kamil Muhammad), Giant Grass (Munir Vahanvati, Mittul Vahanvati), ARUP (Shaina Saporta)

Collaborators: Katherine Sampson, Soledad Maldonado, Nicole Mechkaroff, Marjan Baghaei, Paul Szymkowiak & Luke Weston (lighting), Natalie Erika James (film)

Special thanks: Ralph Green, Tony Rapazzo (TDR Property Services), Robbie Spencer and Sammy Richards (Australian Ropes Course Builders), Casey Tosh

Volunteers: Carlee Suen, Gonzalo Valiente, Pete Spence, Eleanor Chapman, Charlotte Blythe, Ian Foreman, Jim Commadeur, Meredith Dufour, Adrian Beyerle, Tony Cartwright, Damien Melotte, Lyle Talbot, Toni Green, Laura Claassen, Karla Orwin, Becks, Tom McLean, Salome Romero, Alice Ha, Glenda Yiu, Alina Dain, David Sun, Jessie Chow, Natalie Chow, Louise Castle, Katie Petros, Yukari Yamaguchi, Timothy Li, Robert McDougall, Kyla Sabrina, Jina He, Sockkee Ooi, Leonor Gausachs, Rifat Muharram, Jersey Tang, Sara Chan, Raisa Kabir, Bronwyn Geddes

Sponsors: GHG Home & Building Recycling, Bowens North Melbourne, Paarhammer

Events: Pop-up Yoga Studio, Humanitarian Clowns, Laughter Clubs Victotria, DADo Film Society - Robyn Boyd Foundation

EMOTIONAL SHELTER from Natalie James on Vimeo.

Over a month in April, over sixty people have been involved in prototyping the emergency shelter, using hand tools, recycled and natural materials – over hundreds of hours! Made from hand-lashed local bamboo arches and corrugated iron – our emergency shelter is a children’s playspace and social meeting point that is powered by community participation.

We are very excited that our collaboration on the Emergency Shelter Competition has been shortlisted as one of 12 winners in the competition for Melbourne! We are currently constructing the design at 1:1 for inclusion in an exhibition taking place in Federation Square from 2-5 May 2013.

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Our very first contact with Visionary Design Development was when we were collaborating with Kamil and Eleanor from Architects for Peace on Pecha Kucha Ayiti/Melbourne in February 2010. VDD generously sponsored the printing of flyers for the event. Ammon and Michelle met Mary Ann in person for the first time at Words@Bld50, a monthly event hosted by Architects for Peace. Over the past few years, VDD + here studio have collaborated on a number of EOIs but this is our first official project together.

Soledad, Katherine, and Nicole are currently working on an Eco-cubby project with Mary Ann as their mentor. Ammon and Michelle also met Soledad and Katherine through the Architects for Peace network, and Michelle met Nicole through Nynke at Hub Melbourne. Katherine has started to work at here studio since the beginning of February, and interestingly, Kamil has also been working at VDD for the past year.

Since Mary Ann gathered the team, we have worked together by meeting 4 or 5 times as a group, with "homework" (research, literature survey, precedent studies, sketching, physical model-making) in between. The submission was pulled together through Indesign, Dropbox, emails, phone calls and google docs!

Organiser Jun Sakaguchi describes the purpose of the exhibition as: "to propose shelters that could not only protect people from rain and other elements in emergency situations but also provide a space to feel secure and comfortable in a disastrous environment, which is fundamental to the recovery process."

To us, the question of emergency shelter is especially interesting, challenging and significant, and applicable to many and varied contexts, locally, regionally and internationally. We believe that it calls for an approach from an unexpected perspective. Beyond the pragmatic provision of immediate protection from the elements, how can we cultivate and nurture resilience? Can we embed fun and uplift emotions?

Our basic concept of an emergency shelter = cat + social + scaffold

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See below attached our submission:

And here is our events programme for the 3 days:

Media:
"Design for disaster relief", Luxury Home Design, 9/5/13
"Emergency Shelter Exhibition makes a home in Melbourne", ABC Radio Australia, 6/5/13

Our Emotional Shelter has been shortlisted for this year's Melbourne Design Awards, vote for us here: link

(Last update 17/9/13)


When: December 2012 - May 2013

Team: Michelle Emma James + Ammon Beyerle

Partners: Visionary Design Development (Mary Ann Jackson, Nick Shearman, Kamil Muhammad), Giant Grass (Munir Vahanvati, Mittul Vahanvati), ARUP (Shaina Saporta)

Collaborators: Katherine Sampson, Soledad Maldonado, Nicole Mechkaroff, Marjan Baghaei, Paul Szymkowiak & Luke Weston (lighting), Natalie Erika James (film)

Special thanks: Ralph Green, Tony Rapazzo (TDR Property Services), Robbie Spencer and Sammy Richards (Australian Ropes Course Builders), Casey Tosh

Volunteers: Carlee Suen, Gonzalo Valiente, Pete Spence, Eleanor Chapman, Charlotte Blythe, Ian Foreman, Jim Commadeur, Meredith Dufour, Adrian Beyerle, Tony Cartwright, Damien Melotte, Lyle Talbot, Toni Green, Laura Claassen, Karla Orwin, Becks, Tom McLean, Salome Romero, Alice Ha, Glenda Yiu, Alina Dain, David Sun, Jessie Chow, Natalie Chow, Louise Castle, Katie Petros, Yukari Yamaguchi, Timothy Li, Robert McDougall, Kyla Sabrina, Jina He, Sockkee Ooi, Leonor Gausachs, Rifat Muharram, Jersey Tang, Sara Chan, Raisa Kabir, Bronwyn Geddes

Sponsors: GHG Home & Building Recycling, Bowens North Melbourne, Paarhammer

Events: Pop-up Yoga Studio, Humanitarian Clowns, Laughter Clubs Victotria, DADo Film Society - Robyn Boyd Foundation

EMOTIONAL SHELTER from Natalie James on Vimeo.

Over a month in April, over sixty people have been involved in prototyping the emergency shelter, using hand tools, recycled and natural materials – over hundreds of hours! Made from hand-lashed local bamboo arches and corrugated iron – our emergency shelter is a children’s playspace and social meeting point that is powered by community participation.

We are very excited that our collaboration on the Emergency Shelter Competition has been shortlisted as one of 12 winners in the competition for Melbourne! We are currently constructing the design at 1:1 for inclusion in an exhibition taking place in Federation Square from 2-5 May 2013.

--

Our very first contact with Visionary Design Development was when we were collaborating with Kamil and Eleanor from Architects for Peace on Pecha Kucha Ayiti/Melbourne in February 2010. VDD generously sponsored the printing of flyers for the event. Ammon and Michelle met Mary Ann in person for the first time at Words@Bld50, a monthly event hosted by Architects for Peace. Over the past few years, VDD + here studio have collaborated on a number of EOIs but this is our first official project together.

Soledad, Katherine, and Nicole are currently working on an Eco-cubby project with Mary Ann as their mentor. Ammon and Michelle also met Soledad and Katherine through the Architects for Peace network, and Michelle met Nicole through Nynke at Hub Melbourne. Katherine has started to work at here studio since the beginning of February, and interestingly, Kamil has also been working at VDD for the past year.

Since Mary Ann gathered the team, we have worked together by meeting 4 or 5 times as a group, with "homework" (research, literature survey, precedent studies, sketching, physical model-making) in between. The submission was pulled together through Indesign, Dropbox, emails, phone calls and google docs!

Organiser Jun Sakaguchi describes the purpose of the exhibition as: "to propose shelters that could not only protect people from rain and other elements in emergency situations but also provide a space to feel secure and comfortable in a disastrous environment, which is fundamental to the recovery process."

To us, the question of emergency shelter is especially interesting, challenging and significant, and applicable to many and varied contexts, locally, regionally and internationally. We believe that it calls for an approach from an unexpected perspective. Beyond the pragmatic provision of immediate protection from the elements, how can we cultivate and nurture resilience? Can we embed fun and uplift emotions?

Our basic concept of an emergency shelter = cat + social + scaffold

--

See below attached our submission:

And here is our events programme for the 3 days:

Media:
"Design for disaster relief", Luxury Home Design, 9/5/13
"Emergency Shelter Exhibition makes a home in Melbourne", ABC Radio Australia, 6/5/13

Our Emotional Shelter has been shortlisted for this year's Melbourne Design Awards, vote for us here: link

(Last update 17/9/13)