[Sbse] Extreme Desert Tent Competition winners

Susan Roaf 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.


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$  
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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: 
<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.extremelodge.org/home/competition/__;!!JYXjzlvb!0cbX5IIODpZVEBmXk3prT6iy3ZvzqsmRadJYOQ351psKljHHu8zzfgN1d2jANQ$ >
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:
https://urldefense.com/v3/__http://www.opusenergy.com__;!!JYXjzlvb!0cbX5IIODpZVEBmXk3prT6iy3ZvzqsmRadJYOQ351psKljHHu8zzfgOvDv219g$  <https://urldefense.com/v3/__http://www.opusenergy.com/__;!!JYXjzlvb!0cbX5IIODpZVEBmXk3prT6iy3ZvzqsmRadJYOQ351psKljHHu8zzfgNZQt5CVw$ > 
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 
conditions. (https://urldefense.com/v3/__http://www.extremelodge.org/home/blog/__;!!JYXjzlvb!0cbX5IIODpZVEBmXk3prT6iy3ZvzqsmRadJYOQ351psKljHHu8zzfgPndod7xQ$  
<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
Telephone:01865 515001
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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