3 x 3 x 3 Design Challenge

As part of Sydney Design 2013, Powerhouse Museum in Sydney hosted the 3 x 3 x 3 Design Challenge where three teams of designers solved pressing problems in Sydney society – 1. Health, 2. Safety and 3. Community. Their solutions are being displayed in a 3 x 3 x 3 meter cube at the museum until 1st September 2013.

Health: Housing – By Paul Pholeros and Heleana Genaus and UNSW students

The housing element highlights the connection between health problems and parts of the living environment. Both in written charts and pictorial artworks, the display aims to spread the message of healthy living conditions and various precautions for some of the most common health issues.

Safety: Emergency shelter – By Jun Sakaguchi and Jeremy Bishop

This safety shelter was originally designed for the Emergency shelter exhibition in 2013. Made from materials that can easily be found after a brushfire disaster, the elements are designed with care to give comfort and lessen the trauma of disaster.

Community: Transportable work-shed – By Tasman Munro

The pop-up workshop cart ‘Wildebeest Workshop’ can be used for variety of community-based building projects, as a shed or for education programs. Made from recycled materials, the cart is small enough for transport and large enough to contain all the equipments needed for the workshops. This smart design can create and nurture various possibilities within a community in a very sustainable and economical way.

It is interesting to see how each team has responded differently to their chosen issue. One by building actual shelter, the other by creating the display to increase awareness and the third by designing mobile solution. Yet, they were spot-on in utilising the 3 x 3 x 3 space to display the solution for the chosen problem.

Photographs by Vin Rathod, text by Priyanka Rathod

Vin Rathod is an architect and a photographer. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai and Master of Construction Project Management from UNSW, Sydney. Vin is an Emerging Member of Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and works in Sydney, Australia. For Vin, each photograph is a design; a design for the subject, be it an art, architecture, city, or a sculpture. He thrives on creativity and imagination and is always developing new ideas. The photographs speak of his vision to see built-form as an artwork. A collection of Vin’s fine art photographs are constantly evolving as seen on his website Through Vin’s Lens.

As an architect, Priyanka is very much interested in exploring designs with sustainable initiatives. After completing Bachelors of Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai University, she did her Master of Architecture with major in Design from UNSW, Sydney. In her professional career, Priyanka has worked on variety of projects – urban and rural; commercial, institutional and healthcare both in India and Australia. Her volunteering initiatives include participation in the event organising team of Archikidz! Sydney 2012 held during Sydney Architecture Festival. Currently, Priyanka lives and works in Sydney enjoying her time between professional work and some personal initiatives including writing for Through Vin’s Lens.

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