General Information

Custom-Made Programs

The Smart Shelter philosophy is unique and can be experienced from just one day, up to full-semesters length.

Our workshops and programs are custom-made and can be combined and adjusted according to your wishes and needs. Be it for architects, engineers, artists or designers; student or professional.

We currently have 5 standard workshop formats, which can be changed or extended, simply by adding, combining and exchanging the various lectures, assignments and hands-on experiments. The more time and diversity we can include, the more detailed and complete the outcomes will be.

Other than a group of very enthusiastic participants, we don’t need much to facilitate the program. We come to your appointed location, where we only need a projector with a compatible laptop.

For most hands-on experiments we need some light tools and stationary such as knives, scissors, glue, and tape. The students are asked to build a solar cooker or a piece of art completely from scrap. These materials they will need to find themselves on campus.

For the soil testing assignment we need a simple gas burner, weighing scales, a 75 micron test sieve, and a 200 micron test sieve. Most universities have these available in their labs.

For hands-on assignments that involve construction, like building a wall or small structure, we will need a larger working space or outside area, as well as some serious construction tools and time to collect enough materials to build with. All this takes a longer period of preparation and some budget may need to be included.

If a  longer term engagement is preferred, we can arrange design studios and summer schools. We are also open to discuss teaching positions.

Field Trips

We highly recommend to include a field trip in the program, to make the overall experience more real. We will study local customs and building practices, architectural features, climatic design, structural safety and so on. It will help the students in better understanding the context and in creating realistic designs.

We have successfully organized design- and research-related field trips in countries with have disaster prone areas, such as Indonesia. We have studied traditional earthen, wooden and bamboo architecture in rural Vietnam. And in Macau students researched the problem of cage housing; a strong social topic with a urgent need for lasting solutions.