Fall 2012 | Catholic University of America
Instructor: Ryan McKibben

A short fabrication project to create a personal shelter for less than $50. As additional self-imposed parameters, the shelter would be (somewhat) portable, assembled without tools, and constructed mainly from recycled materials.

To minimize material and maximize strength, a pinned tensegrity structure is used for the base and roof. The deep, overlapping forms serve to elevate the user off the ground, while providing a wide bowl for rainwater collection. The entire structure is pinned together and fastened with wingnuts, easy to assemble and disassemble.

Cover is provided by blue tarp, structured around the user by flexible pipe to render it easily collapsible. Almost all materials were found and donated by a nearby construction site.