At last weekend’s Whau Arts Festival, a box was constructed which began to fascinate me when I returned to the place last week. I could find a bit about this project on the web (here and here), and Yusef Patel (a PhD student from Auckland University involved in the project, pictured below left) kindly provided the following note:
The build undertaken by the EDFAB group at the University of Auckland, aims to create a construction system for anyone interested in building their own home without any formal building experience. It works much like a puzzle and only relies on friction joints for the assembly (however screws are used, so safety is not put into jeopardy). The advantages of this construction system is that it is highly adaptive and can conform to individual needs of a consumer due to the digital technologies employed in the manufacture process. This prototype is still in the development stages and still requires large amounts of testing. There are plans to clad, roof and fit out the interior of the shelter. This will take place in the coming weeks and months. However this is subject to financial and material sponsors.
People involved in the project: Dermott McMeel, Manfredo Manfredini, Paola Leardini, John Chapman, Gary Raftery, Yusef Patel.