This versatile shelter was designed by Jason Ross and Sean Verdecia, graduate students at the University of South Florida. It is a prefab living module that could be used for either housing, classrooms or even office space. The parts are flat-packed, shipped, and can be assembled in about two hours. The design is based on identical and universal aluminum structural insulated panels (SIPS) that clip together without the use of any tools. The floor joists and the columns in the walls are also identical, with the ability to house electrical conduit. The plug-and-play assembly allows for economies of scale during fabrication, efficient shipping, and easy assembly. It can be deployed single or double-wide and can include multiple bedrooms, kitchen, work space, storage and bathroom.
Last year we brought your word of the AbleNook, a concept for a unique prefab modular dwelling for disaster relief that can be assembled in a snap. Now we're excited to see the designers have completed their first working prototype and are ramping up to create the tools necessary to build even more. AbleNook can be assembled in about two hours without any tools and no skilled labor, and it can be deployed on uneven terrain. The flexible design is modular and can be expanded as needed and can serve as more than just housing. Right now the AbleNook team is asking for support via Kickstarter to fund the next stage of development.
The summer-long independent study project turned into a real-world solution they hoped could make a difference in the wake of natural disasters. The structural members have a patent-pending design that allow for wiring of electrical components. An arched roof covers the module and integrated solar panels generate power for the dwelling. Finally, adjustable leg jacks allow AbleNook to be deployed on wildly uneven terrain.
The design team has recently completed a working prototype, a single module that serves as a proof of concept. They also recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the next phase of their development. With $60,000 the team will build the molds and tooling necessary to fabricate AbleNook 002 and begin building dwellings on larger scale. “We really believe that good design can help save people’s lives and restore human dignity after a natural disaster,” says Jason Ross. While the original plan was for these units to be used for disaster relief, AbleNook could also be expanded for classrooms, offices, and even prefab housing.
设计团队最近完成了一个工作原型—— 单体模块,作为他们的概念验证。最近，他们还推出了一个Kickstarter竞选，以便筹集资金实现下一阶段的发展。团队将用60000美元建造所需的模具和工具来制造AbleNook 002，并开始建造更大规模的住宅。“我们真的认为,好的设计可以帮助挽救人们的生命，在灾害之后恢复人们生活的尊严。”，杰森·罗斯说。原来的计划是为了用于救灾,同时AbleNook（全能角落）也可作为教室、办公室，甚至是预制房屋使用。