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AVATAR ARCHITETTURA + PETER LANG. Elastic Habitat



FIRST RESPONSE PLASTIC TUBE HOUSE: THE COMPLETE FLEXIBLE ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN: "FROM THE BIODEGRADABLE SPOON TO THE CITY-ELASTICITY!"

First Response Plastic Tube House functions as basic unit in the "Elastic Habitat family": It serves as the primary short term module residence in ElastiCity, that in extreme cases of emergencies can be used to house refugees on a temporary basis.





Elasticity, the complete flexible environmental design and non-permanent community experience features variable term lifestyle arrangements in an open green park setting. Individuals and families can chose between a variety of off-the-shelf and customized units that can be positioned in numerous positions across the designated ground infrastructure platform. Every resident begins by filling out a simple questionnaire to be fed into the Periodic Table software©, which analyzes the personal data and provides the user with instructions and technological support to create his or her best home configuration. Each living-work unit operates through plug in connections to the Elasticity Infrastructure grid.

[19mar2007]






First Response Plastic Tube House has been designed to provide for immediate housing needs, specifically intended for emergency or disaster relief events or unexpected population surges, following mass migrations or evacuations.

 
 

The Flexible Plastic Tube and membrane envelope permits incremental expansions in volume, based on a minimum unit size of 100 linear meters of 10 cm tubing that can be braided approximately into 40 cubic meters of inhabitable space according to each individual user's needs. An Elasticity prefabricated bathroom catalogue unit is furnished with each assembly.









The plastic tubing operates on two principles: basic static structure (with optional compressed air to reinforce the structure in case of extreme conditions), passive water circulation for heat and cooling. Lighting, warm water and other services run off of electrical solar cells and grouped in patches on the membrane's outer surface. Additional services, including supplemental electricity, media links and water and sewage are exchanged through plug connections directly into the primary Elasticity Infrastructure system. Construction and assembly time for a unit is about one day: tubing is curled around in open radiuses by the users and clipped together to develop structural strength. Coils of tubing running outside the membrane cycle solar heated water into the cell's interior.



Interior honeycomb floor surface is assembled with prefabricated soft hexagonal tiles containing sand mounted above gravel subsurface.

Peter T. Lang


AVATAR ARCHITETTURA + PETER LANG. Elastic Habitat



Elastic habitat is a project that Avatar architettura sarted in 2005 for the Pneumatic Places exhibit in Vienna, that never took place. The project has been then selected for the Biennale Internationale Design 2006 Saint-Etienne. For this occasion a prototype 1:1 has been made by the authors in the atelier of the Mains D'Oeuvres art production centre in Paris, where the new Avatar's French branch office is located.

concept:
Avatar architettura
Nicola Santini, Pier Paolo Taddei

design:
Avatar architettura + Peter Lang

with:
Juan Seara, Giulia Mancini

prototype:
Nicola Santini, Pier Paolo Taddei

with:
Virginia della Casa, Claire Gaillard, Novella Monteleone

producers:
R.F. Yamakawa CO. Ltd and Yos Collection Inc. (Japan)

consultant:
Polimoda, Florence
Veronica Bogao

with the support of:
Mains D'oeuvres, Paris
Iglù Paris

photo:
Nicola Santini, Pier Paolo Taddei, Diana Lombardi
Avatar architettura. Nicola Santini and Pier Paolo Taddei. The studio is active in Florence and Paris. It cooperates with Peter Lang for the "Elasticity" projects. Recent projects: Bambù-Steel structure for an orchestrated vegetal urbanism (presented at 2006 Venice Biennale, Italian pavillion) with the contribution of Yona Friedman; Asphalt/Bambù for Environmental Biennale in Paris, Elastic Habitat for Design Biennale at Saint-Etienne, France; Elasticity, an electric green for experimental living options is selected for 2006 Brasil Biennale of Architecture. The research is oriented towards the identification of design strategies which privilege action, eco-evolutionary logics, reversibility, anomaly, ecology, flexible and elastic systems.

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