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10m2 Challenge

Enter the SHAC 10m2 Challenge!
Design a 10m2 building that you would use as a music practice room, office, bedroom, house, shelter, or any other use.
Can incorporate awnings, eaves, decking, carports, conservatories, etc, as long as the entire structure does not require building consent.
Exact requirements for building work that does not require a consent can be found at the DBH:
Entering this challenge is an easy and fun way to become familiar with what building work requires a building consent.  Learn today and save yourself cost and difficulties in the future.
Designs due 20 August at 12:00 noon.
Exhibition and presentation of awards in Christchurch, at the Festival
 of Transitional
Architecture, Design and Building in Christchurch (Oct 19-27 2012)
* Provide a playful competition to help designers, builders and the public better understand the art and science of building.
* Promote design and build as a collaborative, evolutionary process
* Promote the re-use of building materials
* Promote living well, with less reliance on resources
* For the cost of a year’s rent (say) – what can our designs inspire young people create?
* The building must not require building consent, as per the DBH discussion document
* The building will provide for any such use as is envisaged by the design team: music practice room, office, bedroom, house, shelter.  It must be a building.
* The building has a use that the team argues contributes or promotes living well, with purpose, and with less reliance on resources.
* The building may make use of recycled building materials.
* Submit your design, and an explanation about the building, how it is to be used, and how the building does not require a building consent.
* Explain the project and its purpose, it’s present and potential future uses.
* How it will be constructed
* What maintenance will be required
* How will it be supplied with any electrical power, if needed.
* A preliminary budget
* Please supply two A3 presentation sheets that explain the project. These sheets will be used for exhibition.  This may include 3D sketches, plans, elevations, sections, and/or photos of the materials or techniques to be used.
* Further details to aid in the construction will be helpful.  You may attach this additional information, eg budget, details, and further description as additional sheets. These additional sheets may be exhibited as space allows.
* You may choose to include a sketchup file.  Photos of projects underway are acceptable.
* Please submit the A3 sheets as PDFs.  Please submit all files electronically to  Designs due 20 August at 12:00 noon. Maximum size about 15 MB per email.
* Submitted designs may be copyrighted by the author(s) under a Creative Commons license of your choice, suggested: “CC-Attribution” or “CC-Attribution-NonCommercial”
* The building must be legal to build and must not require building consent as per rules published by the DBH
* Questions can be sent to
* SHAC reserves the right to not accept any entries.
* Best entries will be honoured with awards and prizes
* All entries will be published on our web site.
* Please have fun with this and give it a go!
10m2 maximum internal floor area – walls can be as thick as you like.
Must be single storey, can have a steeply pitched roof and loft.
Submit your entry by email to by 12 noon 20 August 2012
Win Awards and Prizes!
$500 cash prize available to help you build your design.
Exhibition and presentation of awards in Christchurch, at the FESTA Design, Architecture and Building Festival in Christchurch (Oct 19-27 2012)
All entries will be presented to the public and potential clients who may help you realise your vision.  There is a student/young people category of the challenge.
[Optional] Register at to received updates about the challenge and any clarification of rules

[note, not all of these buildings are less than 10m2 in size]
  1. Kevin Low’s Small Projects
  2. Chris and Ben’s SPACE MoveableRooms
  3. GapFiller’s Tati Design Competition and Temporary 10m2 Office
  4. DesignBoom’s Small Houses
  5. Dwelle
  6. F3 Design’s ArtBox
  7. The Marlborough Snug Sauna
  8. Bomun’s Awhi Farms projects
  9. Bruce Thomson and ModPreFab’s “Wood Cutters’ Paradise
  10. Chris Moller’s Click-Raft, and
  11. Daiman Otto’s Analog Structures

Thank you and have fun with this!
Tim Bishop
SHAC – The Sustainable Habita Challenge
0800 762 786
021 705 346
Skype: twbishop

Packing Crate Building

For more information, contact Mark Fielding at Ecotect

Micro Architecture Symposium 2011 Awards

SHAC Awards for 2011:

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Bruce Thompson

Experience building lightweight concrete infill construction for 15 years (egg cartons are not waste, they are a construction material) >>>

Liz Buxton

Designs from Sudan and Dunedin

Thomas Malpass

Simple buildings with trainee builders at Wintec in Hamilton

Andrew Just

A modular and very portable initiative designed to create a home for Christchurch artists, and a 15m2 accommodation unit built into a grain silo.  >>>

Michael Cambridge

Marlborough Housing Trust “Snug” – a high quality work space, bedroom or sauna using precut pine heartwood, and other European and North American examples. >>>

Chris and Ben

Developing and launching SPACE Moveable Rooms. Why we designed the way we did / transport constraints / commercial considerations / how the market is responding / new developments. >>>

Bomun Bock-Chung

Creating the best low cost, sustainable structures that are easy to build. >>>

Chris Moller

Developing a click-raft system and urban scale initiatives such as ‘city on a roof.  see or

Mark Fielding

Building homes using pallet frames, and other recycled waste materials in an effort towards marrying ecologically sustainability with affordability. >>>

Kevin Scally

UpDown Housing is a modular building system based on the design intelligence of early colonial buildings. They often started off as sheds and matured into houses. Inherent in their construction were features that made them easy to modify and recycle. UpDown Housing incorporated and extends this vernacular intelligence and design flexibility. This Cradle to Cradle system holds in trust the ecological investment in the building. The approach also anticipates the recycling, re-purposing and up-cycling of the modular components. Think Ikea and Mechano.  >>>


“The glass features in the wall are glass bowels from Briscos. They have lasted 5 years without any degradation and offer a nice blue light when the sun shines though”

For more information, contact Bruce Thomson – (07) 5767614

Country Conversion

When Matthew and Rebecca Taggat found a picturesque rural section in Raglan with a view to the Coast, it was love at first sight. The only problem was that they were not quite ready to build their “dream home”. The spot where they ultimately plan on building faces out to the nine acres of native bush that is part of their section, but for the interim, they decided a renovation was in order. A TotalSpan shed already on the site piqued their interest, and the renovation that ensued is testament to their creative vision from the beginning. At the time they embarked uponthe renovation, Rebecca was pregnant with
youngest daughter Ruby (now 10 months) and Milla was not yet one year old. Perhaps that was what spurred builder Daniel Klinkenberg of Urban Residential Developments Ltd into gear! From start to finish, Daniel took only three months to complete the transformation, and finished on the exact day he had specified in the contract. “We were
so impressed,” says Rebecca. “On the morning he finished, Daniel had cleaners in the house,and when he passed us the keys that afternoon, everything was perfect.”The revamped shed is still classified as an auxiliary building, to comply with local council regulations, and with that classification came some restrictions. The living area could be
no more than 70 square metres, plus three bedrooms and an office for Matthew. “There are some very clever design features,” says Rebecca. “For instance the roller door is still in place, kept high up and out of the way, but glass sliders in the same position really open the house up.” One thing that has changed drastically behind the scenes of the dwelling is the level of insulation. It had to be warm and healthy for the family of four, and the insulation instantly made the home more energy efficient. Rebecca and Matthew were pleased that Daniel put in “as much insulation as possible,” as well as double glazing
throughout. Another important part of the renovation was a new roof. The original was termed as a “shedding roof”, and the Taggarts wanted the safety of a residential grade alternative. To transform the shed into a home, extensive measures were taken, particularly across the front of the façade. “The whole face of the shed changed, but we stuck with iron on the other sides.” Cedar cladding softens the exterior, and Kwila decking helped to create an outdoor room. This is where the Taggart family spend most of their time in summer, in the sun and looking out toward the native bush.The interior is very light and
open, and belies the actual dimensionsof the home. A mainly white colour selection keeps each room spacious, as does the high pitch of the ceilings. Resene colour Alabaster is the shade throughout the house, with the ceilings in Resene Rice Cake. A soft Tasmanian Oak
floor also adds warmth, while keeping the feel light and airy.


BEFORE & AFTER The former shed was once part of a large paddock in
which cows roamed, before it received
a comprehensive make-over to transform it into a family home.
FURNITURE Found on Trade Me, this feature chair adds a contemporary
feel with its modern patterned fabric.
KITCHEN HERB BOX In order to comply with local council regulations, a
recess had to be in place between the windowsill and the kitchen
bench. The result was a living herb garden, which fills the recess
FIRE With its radiant design the Metro H.T series wood burner is great
for heating open plan spaces. Finished
in metallic black high temperature paint, with a cooktop surface, this
fire is a great all rounder.


Urban Residential Developments Ltd
0275 397 005
Michel Caesar
Plain & Fancy Kitchens and Cabinets
07 847 4563
Metro Fires
Cedar Corp
0800 423 327
Brett Bateman Tiling
0800 4 47688

Homestyle, August/September, pg 52-56


F3 Design’s ArtBox





ArtBox aims to provide exhibition and retail space for approximately 100 Christchurch artists, craft practitioners and design retailers who have lost workspace and outlets, through the creation flexible and portable modules, all of which have been locally designed and manufactured.

The project, instigated by CPIT in conjunction with Christchurch firm F3 Design, will begin with 18 modules being placed in and around the CPIT campus, with the hope that with the community’s support it can branch out to support a River of Arts throughout the city.

Pippin Wright-Stow, who co-owns F3 Design with his sister Ella, said the idea was spearheaded by F3 Design employee Andrew Just, who also lectures at CPIT’s architecture school.

The ArtBox modules are a 2.9m cube that allow for the creation of comfortable and highly adaptable spaces. They can be stacked, oriented and arranged in various practical configurations, insulated with wool, and are weather-tight. And because the modules are based around a steel hollow section frame, Wright-Stow said they have are very strong and have the ability to resist loads placed by earthquakes.

They’re not designed for one-off use either. Their unique design allows for multi-functional and multi-purpose use across a number of industries, from artists and jewellers to craftspeople and education institutions, as well as festivals and events.

“The idea is that they can be on-sold and used as commercial or residential dwellings,” said Wright-Stow.

Featuring interchangeable wall and flooring panels, the boxes can be placed on any surface, including concrete and grass.

via Architects and engineers collaborate in solution for displaced artists and designers











Marlborough Snug

The Marlborough Snug is an innovative  design providing a high quality work space, bedroom or sauna using the unique properties of pine heartwood.

The Snug is a Marlborough Regional Development Trust affordable housing project.

It uses European research plus locally grown materials and local businesses.

Everyone who has seen it just loves it.

The first Snug is now in Christchurch at 166 Ferry Road where it is being used a tempory office.

Keep watching this site to find out how you can see it.


Marlborough Snug.


Make Pocket Parks and Gardens in Center City

Pocket parks are frequently created on a single vacant building lot or on small, irregular pieces of land. They also may be created as a component of the public space requirement of large building projects.

Girard Fountain Park, a 0.15-acre pocket park in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pocket parks can be urban, suburban or rural, and can be on public or private land. Although they are too small for physical activities, pocket parks provide greenery, a place to sit outdoors, and sometimes a children’s playground. They may be created around a monument, historic marker or art project.

In highly urbanized areas, particularly downtowns where land is very expensive, pocket parks are the only option for creating new public spaces without large-scale redevelopment. In inner-city areas, pocket parks are often part of urban regeneration plans and provide areas where wildlife such as birds can establish a foothold. Unlike larger parks, pocket parks are sometimes designed to be fenced and locked when not in use.

[from Wikipedia, Susan Lloyd]

EB News 59


EB News 59                    July 2010

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Earthbuilding Workshop
10 – 12 September 2010, Nelson

Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September 2010
9.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

SolidEarth Adobe Brickyard, Wakapuaka, Nelson North

$ 270.00 for the three days. This includes materials and theoretical information.
Hot drinks and a warm lunch will be provided. Please bring your own snacks.

We restrict places to twelve participants in order to do some serious hands-on work in small groups and enable you to get one-to-one tuition.
You will be either working on one project of your choice or rotate to experience the many possibilities of the building material earth.

Topics covered

Making and laying Adobe Bricks
Building walls and furniture from cob, light-earth, wattle-and-daub (traditional techniques)
Sculpting an outdoor pizza oven
Experimentation with earthen plasters, natural paints and sealants
Earthbuilding theory and professional techniques
Visit of a commercial Adobe Brickyard and view realized projects relating to the above topics

With “hands-on” we also mean “feet-on”.
Preparation of the earth mixes involves a bit of mud-dancing. You are bound to get quite dirty, so please dress appropriately and bring some gumboots.

Please book as soon as possible – preferably by the 1st September 2010 – as spaces are limited.
Fill in and send the form below to: SolidEarth Adobe Buildings, Main Rd, Wakapuaka, RD1 Nelson
Please enclose the workshop fee in full in order to secure your space. Make cheques payable to SolidEarth Adobe Buildings Ltd or pay directly onto our bank account No. 38-9003-0705891-00.
We do not refund the fee in case you are not attending the workshop. However we will return the full amount in case of cancellation due to too few enrolments.

For more information and enrolment please contact Verena on
(03) 545 0240 or 021 036 3938 or send us an e-mail:

(Bill Mollison, David Holmgren and Steve Cran)

Australian Permaculture Convergence 2010
Kuranda, September 24-27, 2010, Australia

In three decades the movement has now grown into an international network with thousands of system designers on every continent on the planet. Permaculture has been described as one of Australia’s most significant “intellectual exports”
(Holmgren, 2009).


(image credit below)

Gisborne Eco Home Tour
26 September 9-3pm

Limited seating !
Bookings essential !!!
Contact: Tairawhiti Environment Centre
Phone: 06) 8674708

(image credit R. Walker – house shown is not on the tour)

Earthen Hand

Sign up to Scott Howard’s e-newsletter, or travel over to the USA, Oregon (or Puerto Rico!) to attend a workshop of his!
Scott is passionate and is constantly in touch with EB News to promote his hugely popular courses.

2010 Workshop Schedule

Cob Basics and Beyond………..August 21-22

Cob Farm House………………….August 24-29

Cob Oven Workshop……………..Oct 2-3

Check him out or Sign-up today at:


“First Tuesday”
Sustainability Speakers Series 2010

14 ERSON Ave, Royal Oak.

Auckland 7-9pm. (corrected address)

$5-00 Koha at Door

Ongoing course as per below:

3 August
John Darroch
Transforming the Suburbs—Young Voices Moving Us Forward into Sustainability
7 September
Lynda Hallinan
Living off of the Produce (and the Proceeds) of My Own Garden
5 October
Finn Mackesy
Urban Permaculture: Modern Solutions for Sustaining Auckland

For more info contact: Scott Theimann
Tel: (09) 625 9811 Mob: 027 622 9811


Towards Renewable Energy
Saturday 4th September 10 – 4, Kaiwaka

Tutors: Sabine Drueckler and Wolfgang Hiepe
Cost: $90
Design your life to use more renewable energy, and get away with using less. This workshop will explore the philosophical and ecological ideas which make us change the way we live. Looks at how much electricity you really need. How can you reduce your consumption? Explore what is available in the alternative energy sector, see what Sabine and Wolf have done, and make plans for what you can do at your place.

or phone us at the shop: 09 4312732.
We ask for a deposit of 50% of the cost of the workshop
when you make your booking.
Payment can be by cheque or internet banking.

ECOFEST – Nelson
Saturday, August 21, 2010 – Sunday, August 22, 2010
It’s the tenth birthday of this fantastic annual event!
Over 120 exhibitors of environmentally-friendly products, services & innovations. Everything from sustainable transport to alternative energy, eco design, household products, kids’ trail and organics.
All this supported by free seminars, organic cooking demonstrations, heaps of hands-on workshops and interactive opportunities to learn about everything sustainable!


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