Don Wilkinson, AIA
many of planet Earth's 40 million
homeless people into affordable, soundly designed, durable shelters
has been the goal of architect and inventor Don Wilkinson for over
twenty years. Tackling the problem Don found a solution in a new
mathematics, akin to chaos theory, that enabled him to produce simple
forms, similar to crystals, as the basis for designing his patented
"Rapid Response Home."
research has brought on-line the production of a unique home which
is one-tenth the cost of a geodesic
no mathematical training to construct and, in the case of the prototype,
has withstood eleven years of tests in the most challenging weather
of central Florida, including 110 MPH hurricane winds. At the core
of his design criteria was the recognition that plywood is a durable,
low-tech, low-cost home that is globally available.
outcome of Don's research and development is a line of
brilliantly conceived hexagonal dwellings, made from 5/8 plywood.
The basic module measures 16' across by 12' high and can be assembled
in a few hours, by people with limited skills and the simplest of
tools, anywhere in the world.
These homes are now on the market and can be ordered from the supplier
in minimum lots of 100 units, including all assembly parts and instructions.
It is of great importance that the individual
housing modules can be interconnected and, depending on the on-site
applications, joined into a beehive-like community with different
size structures fulfilling many purposes: dwelling module, kitchen
module, toilet or shower module, administration module, storage
module and field hospital module.
Don and partner Ray Lorenzo are tooled up to build and ship as many
as 2,000 units weekly; however this number can be quickly increased
according to demand. Negotiations
are presently underway for 20,000 units for Turkey and 5,000 units
for South America. The
United Nations is keenly interested in the Plywood Crystals which
have been erected in twenty states plus Japan and Europe. The
homes have been designed in a variety of sizes, and varying complexities,
1,000 square feet and can be used for permanent structures. If
used as an emergency dwelling after a natural disaster, plywood
from these homes can then be used as roof sheathing when, and if,
other buildings replace them.
is a highly respected architect who has taken a giant step by manifesting
his vision of an affordable, easy to construct and maintain dwellings
for the world's homeless. We'll chart
the progress of Don's Plywood Crystals as governments and institutions
find ways of utilizing them for shelters on a scale that is proportional
to the problem of homelessness this invention has successfully and
economically addressed and solved.
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