[Sbse] Extreme Desert Tent Competition winners
s.roaf at btinternet.com
Sun Oct 18 04:09:55 PDT 2020
Dear SBSE friends and colleagues,
You may be interested to see the results of our Desert Lodge student
competition... some great ideas. Really big difference between the
students who tackled the physics of the design - and those who simply
used some very fancy graphics packages to create amazing desert images.
Here is the Press Release but see the winning entries on the website. It
has really wet my appetite to build an extreme desert tent (and test it
of course at Burning Man!). Yeeeh.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTDESIGN COMPETITION FOR AN EXTREME DESERT TENT
Organisedby the Ecohouse Initiative, the Extreme Lodge Team and
sponsored by OPUS Energythe Winners of this International Student Design
Competition have beenannounced.
Figure 1. Part of the Winning Entryby James Barker Frost
167students from 50 cities in 27 different countries around the world
answered ourcall to design an Extreme Desert tent, and submitted entries
as can be seen onthis map: https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.extremelodge.org/competition/__;!!JYXjzlvb!0cbX5IIODpZVEBmXk3prT6iy3ZvzqsmRadJYOQ351psKljHHu8zzfgP1MkWHTw$
TheDesert Tent was to be used by two climate change field researchers in
the Dubaidesert to sleep and work in, without excessive thermal stress
in outdoor temperaturesup to 400C.
Therange of solutions submitted was amazing with some extraordinary tent
forms,constructions and climate strategies. The five winning teams can
be seen in the competition website:
Importantlessons that the organisers hope students would take on board
· Theneed to think well beyond the limits of current
Business-as-Usual stereotypeson designing structures for extreme
climates, and to learn to trust one’s own,self-informed and tested,
design instincts and decisions.
· Theimportance of seeing the tent in the context of the eco-system
around it, andthe thermal and air flows between them.
· Thelimitations of the modelling tools, and the importance of
supplementing deskbased design with lab and field experiments to get a
‘feel’ for the performanceof their designs.
Thefourteen judges including architects and engineers, were chaired by
Chris Twinnof Twinn Sustainability Innovation. He said of the entries:
“Thesubmissions were of an exceptional standard with the award winners
being judgedas very evenly matched. Each project had different strong
points, illustratingthe multidisciplinary skills needed for providing
even such a simply humanshelter. The overall winner was outstanding its
options analysis, the physicsresponses to the local climate, physical
testing and practical assemblyconsiderations, and for the logic of their
solution. This design would be idealfor further physical field testing
using local ground temperatures, and stackeffects, for a semi porous
ValpyFitzgerald of OPUS Energy said that in sponsoring the competition
OPUS showedthey are committed to helping the next generation of
designers get to gripswith the challenges of designing in a warming
world, and running buildingssolely on renewable energy. OPUS Energyis
the largest supplier of renewable energy to businesses in Britain:
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Thecompetition was initiated by Sue Roaf of Heriot Watt University and
Joao Pinelowhile working with the Portuguese ProPolar organisation
(https://urldefense.com/v3/__http://www.propolar.org/__;!!JYXjzlvb!0cbX5IIODpZVEBmXk3prT6iy3ZvzqsmRadJYOQ351psKljHHu8zzfgPPhN_7ow$ <https://urldefense.com/v3/__http://www.propolar.org/__;!!JYXjzlvb!0cbX5IIODpZVEBmXk3prT6iy3ZvzqsmRadJYOQ351psKljHHu8zzfgPPhN_7ow$ > ) on an Extreme
Cold Tent project inAntarctica that has successfully withstood two
winters on the coldest continenton Earth. Designing for that Polar
climate showed them how much there is tolearn about good, every-day,
climatic design, by working with even smallshelters in such extreme
<https://urldefense.com/v3/__http://www.extremelodge.org/home/blog/__;!!JYXjzlvb!0cbX5IIODpZVEBmXk3prT6iy3ZvzqsmRadJYOQ351psKljHHu8zzfgPndod7xQ$ > ).
Thisis a lesson worth disseminating in itself at a time when building
designersaround the world are having to ‘up their games’ to create
building that areable to cope with the ever more extreme weather events
and trends beingexperienced around the world, even today.
Formore information on the completion please contact:
Email:s.roaf at hw.ac.uk
Seealso announcement of the winners names and affiliations also attached
and checkyou the website for the full submissions of the top five
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