Sustainable Habitat Challenge (SHaC’09)/The Plant Room Launch Party

When: 5.30pm Thursday 24th July 2008
Where: VUW Architecture + Design School – Dunlop Terrace / Vivian St Wellington

Wellington is responding to the national SUSTAINABLE HABITAT CHALLENGE (SHaC’09)

Keynote Lecture – Brenda Vale
Presentation from the SHaC Wellington Team:
Music – Very Nice Treehouse accompanied by Drinks + Nibbles

The Plant Room is Wellington’s response to the Sustainable Habitat Challenge 09; a challenge laid down by the Ministry for the Environment which has also provided some seed funding from its Sustainable Management Fund.  Nine teams from tertiary institutes around the country are joining forces with local industry professionals and their communities to design and create a sustainable habitat.

Wellington’s entry, The Plant Room, is unique in that it deals with existing building stock – demonstrating how to convert an existing building into a carbon neutral development.

We’d love to discuss how you could be involved over the next two years in nurturing this groundbreaking project!

Our regenerative habitat ‘The Plant Room’ is an inner-city project that will generate energy, collect water, recycle waste and grow food whilst addressing urgent housing needs.  It includes a series of linked outdoor ‘rooms’ to enliven, improve and extend an existing building.  Bolt-on elements will be configured to provide four typologies that build upon each other: micro – an edible garden window box, mini – a balcony space, midi – an outdoor room and maxi – a communal space. We will be using living and eco-system services to improve the existing building fabric as well being a catalyst for change in the surrounding area.

Please pass this on to any contacts you think may be interested.

Contact: / 021577135 for further details.


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