Adaptive
Dwellers

An emergent home of today that invites visitors to learn essential survival skills and urges their participation in mitigating the environmental crisis.

Overview:​

This project begins from the premise that climate change is not slowed. Rising seas, severe weather, drought, forest fire among others has displaced millions of people world wide.

 

Refugees overwhelmed urban areas and cities have collapsed. 

Disease has flourished in the chaos and is spreading along refugee migration paths.

This project focuses on the survivors who will need to devise systems to survive and, ultimately, prevent humanity from loosing all it's worked so hard to create.

Skills:

Interaction Design

Research

Arduino

Wood Fabrication

Overview:​

The entire class participated in the design process

I was responsible for:

  • Decontamination Shower

  • Stove/Fire Simulator

  • Contagion Map

Decontamination Shower

Context

  • Following the collapse of urban infrastructure, healthcare systems will be diminished or non-existent

  • Bacteria and viruses that had previously been well managed will flourish and follow refugee migration paths

  • A safe and secure compound needs a threshold that controls the entry and exit points

  • A decontamination shower prevents people from carrying any stowaways into the compound

Overview:​

  • An inline air duct fan is located above the user

  • The fan is turned on when the chain is pulled

  • This simulates a decontamination shower that would other wise be a mixture of bleach and water

Skills:

Electronics

Wood Fabrication

Stove/

Fire Simulator

Context

  • Following civic collapse, people will no longer have natural gas pipelines or electricity to power stoves, lights and furnaces

  • People will revert to burning combustable materials until systems can be reestablished

  • The wood stove is one of the most prolific ways of maintaining controlled indoors fires

Overview:​

Using a microphone loud noises are picked up and an LED is illuminated to indicate that the fire is lit

  1. The user assembles the elements of a fire in the stove: tinder, kindling, sticks

  2. The user scrapes a faro rods to create a spark that would otherwise ignite the fire

  3. The user fans the flame

As the faro rod is sparking the LED ​flickers. When the flame is fanned the LED stays illuminated to show that the fire was successfully lit.

Skills:

Electronics

Wood Fabrication

Contagion Map

Context

  • This map charts in America the way the events unfolded overtime

  • Indicated on the map are:

    • Rising sea levels​

    • Refugee migration paths

    • Desertified land

    • Severe storms

    • Collapsed cities

    • Major conflicts

Overview:​

Within the project it was necessary for us to chart the path to the future in which we purport will exist. 

It was essential that people were able to understand our story quickly but also convey concisely some plausible details that our research pointed to.

Skills:

Research

Illustration