Is it possible to reduce youth homelessness by investigating opportunities in the use of digital design to digital fabrication as alternatives to housing accommodation?

ROOM: Digital design to fabrication in temporary accommodation options for youth homelessness

Affordable, user-centred, site responsive, temporary accommodation that permits at-risk youth to remain within their support networks is rare. ROOM harnesses digital design to digital fabrication techniques and building system optimisation to produce a customised performance-efficient and low cost ‘self-build’ independent external living space as reusable temporary accommodation. Permutations for reuse may include postal address provisioning or temporary storage often needed by those experiencing homelessness. The project also seeks to embed training and work experience opportunities for youth through participation in the assembly process and as future training ambassadors as the program develops.


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Project Contact:

Blair Gardiner (CI), Senior Lecturer in Construction Technology
Dr Sofia Colabella, Lecturer in Construction Technology in Architecture

Project Partners:

Dr Jess Heerde Senior Research Fellow, Department of Paediatrics
Dr Alessandro Liuti, Research Assistant, ARUP Melbourne
Darcy Zelenko, Research Assistant, Lead Technician of Digital Fabrication at Fablab ABP