Primary and Secondary research sources were used in the process to choose a user- in this case Aboriginal homelessness in Australia. The Aboriginal population in Australia have a strong link to their homelands which are often located in rural areas where government funding for infrastructure is not provided or is limited. This in turn creates homelessness in the term that the people of the land who wish not to leave it are without adequate shelter from the harsh Australian climate for indefinite periods of time while Governments pass legislation and delay the process of providing housing in these areas.
A Temporary solution was implemented in this project titled "Community Squared project" and a fully sustainable community layout was proposed to keep families together and on their homelands, while awaiting construction of government housing. Innovative use of recycled materials were used and leisure & lifestyle needs provided for and at least 2 necessities off Maslow's hierarchy of needs.
Biomimicry was used to construct an ecologically sustainable temporary shelter for the Aboriginal people of Australia to be placed in rural inland areas where the climate is brutal.
The Cunnamulla region is the site of the project where there is an Aboriginal community choosing to live on their own homelands while the government delays construction of housing.
Hierarchy of needs which are met in this project and the primary organisational sources which were used in the initial research stage.
Aboriginals in Australia have strong ties to the land and have for thousands of years employed extensive farming techniques in horticulture and agriculture suitable to the harsh Australian geography. Community gardens will allow the people to practice and pass on techniques to the future generation - with possible future expansions.
A contractor will provide the recycled the shipping containers and assembly will be done on site - providing paid employment to the locals.
Appropriate to the Australian landscape the placement of the community housing will be under a hill so that it may be sheltered from winds and partial sunlight during the day. Ventilation shafts placed as they would be in a termite mount will allow adequate airflow.
The community gardens will help build a stronger community. The Containers which are used to provide housing will be lined with vertical gardens which will help keep the container cool.
Models of the community garden and benches were created to communicate layout features.
Community Squared was named for 2 reasons:
1) Because it would expand the community and make it stronger
2) The layout was positioned as a square inside a square - realistically.