Micro-Architecture Workshop 2012

2-3 May 2012, CPSA Building, CPIT, Christchurch.
Micro and Temporary Architecture, Simple Building, and Reuse of Materials 

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on how spending time on the small details helps the big picture emerge from the efforts of many.
We’d like your attendance, and contribution.  Builders, developers, architects, designers, and more.
  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. More Overseas and NZ examples at

SHAC turns spotlight on micro-architecture solutions

Temporary architecture, reuse of materials, community building and simple buildings are the themes of the 2nd annual Sustainable Habitat Challenge micro-architecture workshop, to be held at the CPSA building at CPIT on 2 and 3 May.
Christchurch builders, designers, architects, engineers and community members will discuss ideas, deliver presentations and facilitate workshops at the event, which brings together some ideas for the city’s community-led regeneration.
Presenters including Mark Fielding, Juliet Arnott, Joshua Durrant, Jessica Halliday and Claire Benge will ask pertinent questions such as: What is permanent in our post-earthquake city? Using examples such as the cardboard cathedral and the convention centre – how long will Christchurch’s buildings serve us and how can international examples inspire us?
In San Francisco, for example, the Palace of Fine Arts was built in 1915 as a temporary building for the Panama-Pacific Exposition and still stands today as an icon of the city. As 2012 Pritzker architecture prizewinner Wang Shu has said, “People cherish their culture through recycling”.
The demolition of red stickered housing and CBD buildings does not mean the wholesale eradication of Christchurch’s history or culture, but how can we reuse and recycle materials to incorporate local memories and fuse the past with the present?
Entry by sliding scale koha, and is free for students and young people. To attend simply register at or phone Tim Bishop on 021 705 346. CPD points available.
Poster: Micro-Architecture_poster2012
Draft Schedule SHAC-Micro-Architecture-Workshop-DRAFT-Schedule

Auckland MicroArchitecture New Zealand

Zero-Energy House

Zero-Modular House. This is a group work, members include David Wong, Jacky Lee, Praveen Karunasinghe and Biran He. We all had different tasks to utilize individual strengths in this group project. My responsibility was to research about solar panels, obstruction masks, and all presentation renders.

Since this is a tech paper, we had done a great amount of research on renewable resources, such as the minimum amount of solar panels needed to generate enough for the household.

>> Zero-Energy House.

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GapFiller 10m2 SHAC

The Gap Filler temporary office
In December 2011, a team of young people got together with a vision to build an office for Gap Filler using materials saved from demolition sites around Christchurch. The team developed the design over the summer and with many talented volunteers built the office in a week in January!
The design and build was organised by SHAC in association with the Regeneration and White Elephant charitable trusts. Many skilled and unskilled volunteers helped out – builders, architects, engineers, young people and the occasional passer-by.
All of the building materials are reused, with the exception of building paper, insulation, chicken wire, fixings, clear plastic cladding and 4 sheets of thin treated plywood.
The office has an internal floor area of less than 10 square meters. Our talented designers and builders believe that the office complies with the building code, and is warm, stable, resistant to moisture, durable, and supports fire safety.
This office is experimenting with new building techniques. The east and southern wall structure are made from reused shipping pallets, a technology developed by Mark Fielding of Solabode Ltd in Nelson. The southern wall is clad with reused printing plates kindly donated by the Christchurch Press.
This tiny office will stay here for approximately 3 – 6 months. Power will come initially from neighbours and then, from solar power. Wireless internet access will come from a kind neighbour. Once we leave this site, the office will be relocated on a truck to another vacant site in Christchurch. The internal floor area is less than 10m2 and did not require a building consent.
We are using this land with the generous support of Ascot TV, who lost their building on this site in the earthquakes. They are now located at 300 Colombo Street, up the road.
What’s SHAC?
The Sustainable Habitat Challenge is a network of people designing and building more sustainable buildings and neighbourhoods. SHAC projects are educational in nature, teaching those involved new skills. The buildings they create are designed with non-profit group or charity in mind; in this case, Gap Filler. Gap Filler has been gifted this movable building which will be used as an office..
SHAC – affordable, delightful housing, micro architecture, simple building, and more… SHAC is about living well with less reliance on resources, and finding our purpose. See for more info.
What’s Gap Filler?
Gap Filler is a creative urban regeneration initiative started in response to the September 4, 2010 Canterbury earthquake, and revised and expanded in light of the more destructive February 22, 2011 quake. It is now administered by the Gap Filler Charitable Trust. See for more info.
Gap Filler aims to temporarily activate vacant sites created by the quakes within Christchurch with creative projects for community benefit, to make for a more interesting, dynamic and vibrant city. Gap Filler has done a number of projects to date around Christchurch such as a book exchange, painted pianos, a community space and petanque pitch in Lyttelton, and outdoor events such as cinema and live music. Two projects have been completed in Sydenham recently, too – the outdoor chess set next to Honey Pot Café and Wayne Youle’s shadow board mural (working with Christchurch Art Gallery).
THANK YOU to: the landowners – ASCOT TV (especially Chris), Graham at ECO Framing, Barry Dowrick, CPIT and the Otago Polytechnic for the loan of many tools and Mark Fielding of Solabode Ltd in Nelson for the 5 prefab pallet walls and The Christchurch Press for the metal printing plates.
we thank you!
tim, clayton, barnaby, barry, lani, florian, ben, emma, ella, alice, amber, rachel, regan, felicity, alan, nick, seth, naomi, jules, the Australian group of young volunteers, ants, ann, nev, bob, dave, tarn, barry, darcy, Andrew, kyle, nastassja, Shayne, and kerry
Southern Demolition, Terra Lana Insulation, The Pumphouse [See Photo below], The Window Marketplace, Addington Demolition, Christchurch Demolition and Salvage, Clyne and Benny, Skelly Holdings, Dulux, Steel and Tube, White Elephant Trust and F3 Design, Solabode Ltd, Firth, and PSP


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