Shelter

Affordable Instant Housing

 

Immediate, efficient living pods on your land or leased land

 

Visitor accommodations in a pop-up alfresco pod village

 

Government agency requiring immediate short term housing 

 

Ka rite to whanau ki te hanga i tona kainga?

 

 

We make and lease self-contained, ensuite living rental pods, with kitchen for $200 to $250 / week on a 12-month contract. Read more...


 

 

 

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Can we provide affordable, immediate short-term housing in a housing crisis?

 

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Yes. We lower cost of compliance and manufacturing of generous but efficient habitat. 


 

Can we provide visitors to our outdoors with immediate places to stay?

 

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Yes. We make pods that can be placed in instant pop-up pod villages along the cycle trails and other great, but unserved outdoors. 

 

 

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 25:

(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

 

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The entitlements of housing rights

One of the barriers to achieving housing rights has been the absence of a universally recognized definition of the set of entitlements comprising this norm. This hurdle was perhaps more the result of perception than genuine legal analysis. In recent times, a number of steps have been taken to refine legal approaches to this matter. Most notably, General Comment No. 4, of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, on the Right to Adequate Housing defines this right as being comprised of a variety of specific concerns. Viewed in their entirety, these entitlements form the core guarantees which, under international law, are legally vested in all persons.

  1. Legal security of tenure All persons should possess a degree of security of tenure which guarantees legal protection against forced eviction, harassment and other threats. Governments should consequently take immediate measures aimed at conferring legal security of tenure upon those households currently lacking such protection. Such steps should be taken in genuine consultation with affected persons and groups. 
  2. Availability of services, materials and infrastructure All beneficiaries of the right to adequate housing should have sustainable access to natural and common resources, clean drinking water, energy for cooking, heating and lighting, sanitation and washing facilities, food storage facilities, refuse disposal, site drainage and emergency services.
  3. Affordable housing Personal or household costs associated with housing should be at such a level that the attainment and satisfaction of other basic needs are not threatened or compromised. Housing subsidies should be available for those unable to obtain affordable housing, and tenants should be protected from unreasonable rent levels or rent increases. In societies where natural materials constitute the chief sources of building materials for housing, steps should be taken by States to ensure the availability of such materials.
  4. Habitable housing Adequate housing must be habitable. In other words, it must provide the inhabitants with adequate space and protect them from cold, damp, heat, rain, wind or other threats to health, structural hazards and disease vectors. The physical safety of occupants must also be guaranteed.
  5. Accessible housing Adequate housing must be accessible to those entitled to it. Disadvantaged groups must be accorded full and sustainable access to adequate housing resources. Thus, such disadvantaged groups as the elderly, children, the physically disabled, the terminally ill, HIV-positive individuals, persons with persistent medical problems, the mentally ill, victims of natural disasters, people living in disaster-prone areas and other vulnerable groups should be ensured some degree of priority consideration in the housing sphere. Both housing law and policy should take fully into account the special housing, needs of these groups.
  6. Location Adequate housing, must be in a location which allows access to employment options, health care services, schools, child care centres and other social facilities. Housing should not be built on polluted sites nor in immediate proximity to pollution sources that threaten the right to health of the inhabitants.
  7. Culturally adequate housing The way housing is constructed, the building materials used and the policies underlying these must appropriately enable the expression of cultural identity and diversity. Activities geared towards development or modernization in the housing sphere should ensure that the cultural dimensions of housing are not sacrificed.

Our rental pods have been designed and positioned to deliver on these entitlements. They are simple to rent. The rental price is equal to 35% of the after-tax wage of a single full-time worker earning minimum wage; 17.5% if the unit is rented to a working couple who share the rent. The pods are warm, dry, solidly built, and comfortable. As ground floor living space, they are easily accessible. Because they are transportable, they can be located near jobs, schools and services, and in the event of a natural disaster, units kept in reserve by government can be deployed to provide emergency accommodation as soon as road or waterway access will allow. When used in kainga clusters, the units work well as whanau housing appropriate for various cultures in NZ who prefer to live more collectively.

 



We approach shelter from a different perspective

Exostructure vs Introstructure...

Exostructure and introstructure are development patternsTo understand the difference between these two development patterns, think about the difference between an extrovert and an introvert. One is focused outward, the other inward.

Exostructure: Go to old European towns, where the life of the community is on the central plazas, the streets are car-free, and cafe life affordable and outdoors during the warm months, and you are experiencing an exostructure design pattern. Or look at the 18th century paintings of Maori Kainga with small private wharepuni built around the public marae atea and the public wharenui. This is social architecture where private space is for sleeping, home cooking, bathing and private enjoyment, but most life is acted out in the public social spaces. As a result, the private space need not be large or expensive.

Exostructure 4500

Exostructure: People gather in the town plaza... a play area for children surrounded by cafes, shops, offices & commerce. Sound-proof, attractive flats above the shops.

Introstructure: Contrast this with the American suburb, Auckland terraced housing and most new Kiwi housing built in the last generation or two. In America (the extreme), people have larger houses with living rooms, video rooms, computer rooms and sometimes even private gyms. Inhabitants walk from their private house to their attached private garage into their private car to drive to work, shopping, school, etc. Their lives are detached as they live in the introstructure. People still connect socially, but through social networks... bent over cell phones, tablets and laptops, or seated in front of a desktop at home or work. The cost of this infrastructure is substantially higher, and it results in social polarisation between the haves, who can afford the cost, and the have nots, who cannot.

In New Zealand, the new trend is toward terraced housing. It is attached in a way that is similar to old Europe, except that the design is introstructure. There is no central plaza, no place where people gather... no 21st century equivalent of the nomadic campfire in the middle of the camp or the village square. Because people's needs have not changed, social networking apps like Facebook take the place of face-to-face. While technology has changed, human nature has not; people need face-to-face interaction something that comes with exostructure, but not introstructure.

Introstructure Terrace House

Introstructure: An Auckland terraced house where active life is inside the house. Outside is the place to park the car.

The shelter project is exo-structure based.

It provides transitional housing that  makes optimal use of space to sleep, eat, bathe and enjoy, but do so in a way that focuses outward; that balances public outdoor life with private indoors. To make the shelter affordable, it is simple and efficient, following the maxim small is beautiful.  It is warm, dry, comfortable and most importantly, available immediately at an affordable price. It's not for everybody. It is not for all the time. It fills a market gap. It is needed.

 

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