We are pleased to announce the opening of “Shape Your Shelter” exhibition on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 in the SDC Gallery (Carpenter Hall ground floor) at 4:30 PM. In this exhibition you can find the full scale shelter and 14 proposals for the homeless shelter designed by students as part of assistant professor Mona Ghandi’s third year architecture studio (spring 2017). Three of these designs were awarded as first, second, and third place in the AIA Spokane Student Award show in April 2017.
There are approximately 1,185 homeless people living in Spokane and about 170 homeless families, most of which are suffering from the extreme consequences of poverty. Students were charged with designed an affordable, portable, flexible, self-stand, compact, and efficient shelter for homeless, using computational design and emergent technologies.
By using the potentials embedded in emergent technologies, computational design, digital fabrication, and materials behavior, students fabricated a shelter that can better serve the homeless population and bring them back their dignity. This shelter not only provides the safe place for homeless and accommodates their basic needs, but it can also make an environment to play, and function as a business incubator or pop-up shop. Giving a homeless person the ability to become financially independent can lead to their recovery.
Ghandi continues working with the city of Spokane through a pilot program in hopes of creating a longer-term plan.