The Shell • Homes on the run (since 2005)


THE SHELL deals with the problems of temporary shelters from a universal point of view. This project is necessarily international.

We started THE SHELL under the title BUILD OR DIE in 2005 on the occasion of the DESIGNMAI Berlin with an international expert-symposium. Above all it's a design exploration of the possibilities of minuscule habitat structures. 

Workshops in Berlin, Kassel, Lund/Sweden, Monterrey/Mexico, Zurich have created a vast number of proposals from which we chose a series of brilliant examples for how these objects/structures/building could look like, could work and serve best in catastrophes or nomadic situations. 

THE SHELL is a Project by Oliver Vogt and Georg-Christof Bertsch.

 


Resources

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Createdate Type Description
14.03.2012 22:15 URL http://www.stylepark.com/en/news/no-peace-in-the-huts-venetian-wanderings-part-6/296725
20.07.2009 22:37 URL http://www.stylepark.com/en/news/bambu-brasileiro-oder-von-der-zukunft-eines-materials/294185
20.07.2009 22:36 OTHER

Welf Oertel explores the technical and aesthetic scope of bamboo. Experienced in workshops in China and at the Bauhaus University, he gives an overview of the material's potentials and delivers a case study of one of his projects with HaPe, world's biggest manufacturer of toys in wood. (Text in German only)

27.04.2008 17:50 URL http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_Volt
24.02.2008 22:26 OTHER A great pictorial overview of some of the finest projects of The Shell – plus some impressions of the exhibition design. To get the idea: look at this. 3.7 MB. 
24.02.2008 19:05 OTHER Basic presentation of the project as given at IfA Stuttgart. German only but with a lot of pictures. This PDF will give you an overview of this multi-facetted international project. You will get an introduction to some design concepts, an explanation of THE SHELL's background and history and you will find our basic statements. Worth reading. 
21.02.2008 18:17 IMAGE Microarchitecture Workshop.
19.01.2008 18:19 OTHER
The Luminous People of the Barefoot College (1.4 MB, 15 page pdf, takes a while to download)
 
The Luminous People of the Barefoot College (who gave us hope for the future of the world) A travelogue by Maja Kuzmanovic and Sanjeev Shankar

Abstract: The Barefoot college in Rajasthan, India is a unique place, run by unique people. It is rooted in tradition, with a vision that reaches far into the future. It is an embodiment of Gandhi's philosophy, where literacy is separated from education, where women flourish, children run a parliament and people with a handicap are not disabled. On the Barefoot campuses there is no waste, water is harvested and sunlight turned into power (literally and metaphorically). In their programmes traditional crafts meet information technologies, while environmental and ethical sustainability are at the core of their everyday life.

19.01.2008 18:08 OTHER
Roadside vendors in India

Project Duration: 4 months Team : Sanjeev Shankar, John Vijay Abraham and Miheer Fyzee
Guides: Prof. Ravi Poovaiah and Dr. Ajanta Sen

Walking down the busy streets in India is an experience of a lifetime. One gets fascinated by the sheer drama and emotion, which ultimately results in an engaging journey. India has for long, thrived and survived on roadside vending. The social and economical dynamism, which this informal sector creates within the formal system, is absolutely indispensable. A highly flexible, informal and evolved group, they create a melting pot on the streets. Despite these tenets and their contribution to the system at large this group continues to be highly marginalized. On one hand there is some recognition of the indispensable service they provide; yet shockingly, they are also seen as a pestilence_ crowding pavements, spilling onto busy streets, not just a source of confusion and chaos but a source of filth and crime. Repeated eviction threats, ambiguous legal status and lack of networking are the underlying realities. This project has attempted to see their lives; listen to their stories; observe their surroundings; understand their days and nights and finally respond to their needs. It has involved real users and incorporated their feedback to come up with an interactive social platform. This takes a fresh look at the relationship between roadside vendors and their customers. All this, while being rooted in their tradition, culture and shared imagery; using their skills and knowledge levels. It is a system level intervention, which has the potential to have multiple layers with wide ranging implications in the future.

15.12.2007 13:00 OTHER A short illustrated version of the concept of THE SHELL (35 pages, in German) It contains the philosophy, some examples, the entire structure of the show, the database and the workshop programs for this show. The exhibition design is provided by vogtundweizenegger, Berlin. 
06.11.2007 21:54 IMAGE Raumlabor's experiment has taken them to a point where they have collected a lot of knowledge about minimizing the volume of living spaces. Given the fact that most emergency homes are being transported via aircrafts and trucks over enormous distances this might help maximize transport capacities in case of emergency.
06.11.2007 21:51 IMAGE Jerszy Seymour has developed a simple while poisenous method to create perfectly insultated homes. He digs his way into huge solid styrofoam objects, cutting out a living space. A method that could be applied in icy areas like mountains and artics zones when disaster occurs.
05.11.2007 19:12 URL http://www.architectureforhumanity.org/

Assigned users

Name E-Mail Website Phone
Mr. Prof. Georg-Christof Bertsch http://www.bertsch-bertsch.com 069-26493101
Mr. Prof. Peter Eckart http://www.unit-design.de
Miss Bianca Elzenbaumer http://www.brave-new-alps.com
Mr. Fabio Lopez http://www.flopez.com.br
Mr. Raphael Moras de Vasconcellos http://www.bambubrasileiro.com +55 21 2294 3452
Miss Prof. a.c. Juliane Stiegele http://www.juliane-stiegele.de 00 49 821 15 17 32
Mr. Prof. Ezri Tarazi http://www.tarazistudio.com +972-3-9793842
Mr. Prof. Oliver Vogt http://www.vogtundweizenegger.de
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Microarchitecture Workshop.



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Jerszy Seymour has developed a simple while poisenous method to create perfectly insultated homes. He digs his way into huge solid styrofoam objects, cutting out a living space. A method that could be applied in icy areas like mountains and artics zones when disaster occurs.



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Raumlabor's experiment has taken them to a point where they have collected a lot of knowledge about minimizing the volume of living spaces. Given the fact that most emergency homes are being transported via aircrafts and trucks over enormous distances this might help maximize transport capacities in case of emergency.