Collaboration: University of Huddersfield School of Architecture, Memusi Foundation

Participants: 15
Location: Queen Street South Studios, Huddersfield

Duration: 2.5 days

The Pallet Home is a collaborative research and construction project between Freiraum Kollektive and the Memusi Foundation to develop an affordable modular prototype dwelling in south west Kenya which can be built without power tools. Pallet.Lab was a three day hands-on workshop where we tested joining pallet loops to create a small exhibition space with 15 students from the University of Huddersfield.

We began with an introduction to the project and the opportunities and challenges of building in a Kenyan context. We spoke about our process with input from the Memusi Foundation before getting stuck in to construction at 1:1 scale. During the construction days we introduced ideas such as resource conservation fin construction, Litre of Light and reflected on successful details. We finished with an exhibition on the Friday and summary of what we learnt from the workshop.

Our Pallet Homes project aims to bring innovative low-impact construction methods to the Magadi region in Kenya, with potential further applications which we are currently exploring. The prototype will be built in collaboration with a local team, 'teaching the teachers' so it may be replicated in the future. Pallet Homes aim to be culturally sensitive and experiment with different levels of enclosure. Our Pallet Homes project aims to address that, according to UN Habitat, 60% of African families do not have access to secure, healthy living space.

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