SHIELD – Nathan Mattson


Today we’re featuring a project taking on the issues of self sustainability and well being in the context of areas prone to natural disaster.  Nathan Mattson, Grad Student at the University of Michigan proposes highly adaptable, modular units which have a minimal impact on their surroundings.  They function both as quick replacements to homes destroyed in natural disasters and also as permanent solutions for promoting “green” living and protection from the elements.

SCHOOL: University of Michigan
YEAR: 2011
COURSE: Graduate
STUDENTS: Nathan Mattson

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X-House- Kellen Qiaolun Huang, Cornell University

Cornell student Kellen takes on the growing trend of single men in chinese society.  Due to a stigma against a lack of ownership of property, men work harder to afford property, and have less time to find a wife, a cycle that feeds itself.  Kellen’s proposal tackles both issues at the same time, providing affordable housing for singles, as well as becoming a vehicle for social interaction.  Although noble,  we feel this starts taking a turn towards dystopian future type fiction.  What are your thoughts on housing being vehicles for social interaction, whether forced or not.  Read the project in Kellen’s words after the jump.  

STUDENT: Kellen Qiaolun Huang
SCHOOL: Cornell University
YEAR: 2011
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