Lectures and Keynote Speeches

Lectures Overview

You are most welcome to compile your own event, by choosing the topics and sequence of your preference from the list below:

  • 0. General lecture for large audiences about the work of Smart Shelter Foundation and Smart Shelter Research; overview of projects and research programs. Includes discussion afterwards. (1,5 hour)
  • 1. Introduction about the work of Smart Shelter Foundation and explanation of the design assignments to the participants. (30 minutes)
  • 2. T-Shelters and Semi-Permanent Housing; What can we offer to people in post-disaster areas, when there is minimal finance available for reconstruction? (1 hour)
  • 3. Case Study; Rebuilding after the Tsunami in Sri Lanka; Full description of the design and rebuilding of 170 houses on the east coast, in a post-disaster and conflicted area. (1 hour 15 minutes)
  • 4. Non-Engineered Earthquake Design Principles; The basics of earthquake resistant construction, historic research and testing, design limitations and proper material handling. (2 x 45 minutes)
  • 5. Case Study; Building Earthquake Resistant Mountain Schools in Nepal; Construction overview for building safe schools in remote mountain areas. (1 hour)
  • 6. Seismic Behavior of Non-Engineered Techniques; Design and Research Approaches on Traditional, Alternative and Experimental Building Techniques. (1.5 hour)
  • 7. Building with Earth; An overview of 12 different construction types and examples of vernacular earthen architecture worldwide. (2 x 1 hour)
  • 8. Soil Identification; How to recognize different types of soils and how to modify them for certain construction uses. Includes soil testing assignment. (1/2 day)
  • 9. Case Study; Building a school in India with Earth Blocks; Complete story from design phase, to making blocks and masonry in a small village. (1 hour 15 minutes)
  • 10. Case Studies; Experimental Earth Construction; The pro’s and Con’s of Experimental Earth Techniques, 2 examples in India and Nepal. (45 minutes)
  • 11. Building with Bamboo, examples from all over the world. (1 hour)
  • 12. Wastewide Architecture; Inspiring examples from everywhere, of artists, designers and architects that use secondary materials in their work. (3 x 45 minutes)
  • 13. Engineering for the Bottom of the Pyramid; Improving the lives of people by designing simple devices for lighting, energy, cooking (product design), tools and machinery (mechanical engineering). Includes making a solar cooker from campus waste. (1 full day)
  • 14. Lessons Not Learned; Relief Work and Developing Aid; A Critical View. Why is it difficult to work in developing countries or disaster struck areas, how can we deal with these situations? (1 hour)


Web Lectures

We understand that it is not always possible to organize an on-site workshop event. Web lectures are an excellent solution for that, to still enjoy the Smart Shelter philosophy. Easy to plan, no travel and accommodation expenses, and yet a great way to discuss and interact.

We are currently running series of web lectures at several universities around the world. Please take a look at our lecture overview above, and let us know which presentations you find interesting for your specific audience. We will gladly tell you more about the conditions and we can give discounts when you choose for  a series of multiple lectures.


Keynote Speaker

Smart Shelter Consultancy can perform as keynote speaker and workshop leader at seminars, conferences and thematic events, ranging from an hour to several days.

We offer a range of presentation to choose from, such as our general presentation about our philosophy and work. Or thematic lectures and case studies about social design, alternative materials and safe construction principles. We always include time for questions and discussions afterwards.

For a detailed description of all presentations and topics, please see the overview of all lectures at the top of this page.

Currently there is a high demand for our knowledge of low-tech seismic design, and our research approach regarding the seismic behavior of non-engineered building techniques.  Organizing a short seminar around this theme is a perfect way to start a long-lasting research collaboration. At the moment we run a number of successful programs with partners across the globe, and we will gladly explain how we work with them, or we can write a proposal for you.

To learn more about our current research ideas and initiatives, please take a look at our Smart Shelter Research website, or contact us for further information.