The February 2009 fires in Victoria have re-written the rules about bushfires. Many of the fires registered heat above 1,200 degrees Celsius and wind speeds of more than 120 kph, leaving very little in their wake. This is unprecedented.
The HOUSE re-GROWTH Pod is a permanent and cost effective housing unit which can assist in the rebuilding of the fire devastated town-ships of Victoria. The robust pre-fabricated concrete structure has been designed to be built upon, but in the short term acts as a habitable starting point for the building of a new home.
The units are prefabricated, delivered and connected to services rapidly allowing families to begin the process of re-building without displacement from their communities. Taking this as the starting point for the design process for the new house to begin the competition invites architects and designer to propose how this pod can form part of their proposed design using a minimum of one per scheme.
Announcement of competition: Friday 27th March 2009
Submission date for entry: Friday 24th April 2009 (5pm)
Announcement of short-list: Friday 1st May 2009
Announcement of winners: Tuesday 8th May 2009
Publication of re-growth booklet : June/July 2009