2013 MicroArchitecture subconsent

Sustainable Habitat Challenge 2013 – Call for Entries

Richard Horden "Beach Point" 1997
Richard Horden “Beach Point” 1997

Design a subconsent Surf Lifesaving Tower.
Two or more A3 sheets due 30 Aug 2013 12:00 noon.
How are we going to live well, with purpose, with more community, and with less reliance on resources like materials and energy?
The SHAC Challenge is a way to learn about the building code, experiment with buildings, and to develop prototypes for our new built environment. We designers, engineers, architects, builders, and others will be creating our new built environment for the rest of our lives.
This challenge has entrants considering a a key future design need: structures that sit off of the ground, on potentially adjustable supports.  How is the structure anchored to the ground?  Are the anchors durable? When will the structure overturn?
* 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 purpose, and with less reliance on money and resources
* Promote creative responses that do not require a large budget
Design Requirements
* The building must not require building consent, as per the DBH discussion document.  Example exemptions (daawalls fences), (gadecks), (i10m2 buildings), (jveranda/patio/porch/awnings), (jb – pergola), (je – shade sail), (jf – carport), and (k – low cost / consequence).  Exemptions can be combined.
* The building will provide for use as a surf life saving tower. It may also provide other use(s) now or in the future.
* The building may make use of recycled building materials.
* The building may make use of solar energy: eg, passive solar, solar electric, or solar thermal technology.
Entry Requirements and Checklist
* Register for your number here
* Please email your submission to
* Due Date – 30 Aug 2013 12:00 noon [NZ time]
* 150 word description of the project in the body of the email [same as described below]
* ProjectName-SubmissionNumber-A3.pdf
* ProjectName-SubmissionNumber-image.png   [or .jpg or .gif]
* ProjectName-SubmissionNumber-any other file   [could be sketchup, pdf of photos, etc]
* The PDF A3 presentation sheets are what explain the project. This may include sketches, plans, elevations, sections, and/or photos of the materials or techniques to be used.
* Entries not to include your names or logos, only your assigned submission number.
* In 150 words or less explain the following:
a) The project and its purpose, it’s present and potential future uses.
b) Possible methods of construction
c) List the exemptions used from Schedule 1 of the building Act.
d) How the project will be supplied with any electrical power, and water, if needed.
* You may choose to include a sketchup file. Or photos of projects underway are acceptable.
* Please submit all files electronically to
* Maximum size about 20MB per email.
* Submitted designs should be copyrighted under a Creative Commons license of your choice, suggested: “CC-Attribution” or “CC-Attribution-NonCommercial”
* Judging will take place in September-November.
* Best entries will be honoured with awards and prizes
* Submitted designs should be copyrighted by the author(s) under a Creative Commons license of your choice, suggested: “CC-Attribution” or “CC-Attribution-NonCommercial”* Questions can be sent to, and answers will be sent to all registered teams.
* SHAC reserves the right to not accept any entries.
* Best entries will be honoured with awards and prizes.
* All entries may be published by SHAC on our web site or other medium.
* Thank you for your submission!
The Chair - Wilson and Hill Architects
The Chair – Wilson and Hill Architects

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