Designed for rapid deployment, adaptability, and longevity of use, Lattice is a disaster tent that provides accommodation and helps users solve the most common problems that these types of events present.
Named for the crisscrossing shape of its main skeleton, Lattice is made up of several thoughtfully-designed components, beginning with a proprietary “hat” that serves as an attachment platform for utilities like radio antennae, satellite dishes, and rain harvesting systems. The “hat” is designed to be used in conjunction with a reusable Set Up Pole (SUP) that provides the initial structure and support. Its lightweight yet durable walls are created by releasing propellant activated foam into a membrane stretched across the skeleton, which then solidifies to offer protection from the elements. The system also uses prefabricated doors and door frames to offer economies of scale and quality control.
Aside from human use, Lattice can also offer small farm animals protection from the harsh conditions of winter, extending its use for many years and solving the problem of re-establishing livestock cycles immediately after a disaster. Finally, when Lattice is at the end of its life, users can start the recycling process by scattering seeds from local areas across its surface membrane. This starts the recycling process by slowly degrading the integrity of the structure. Grazed on and trampled on by farm animals, the once rigid structure will be ground down and eroded to a point where what remains can be easily removed and disposed of. This final feature goes beyond just helping communities survive – by giving them the first tools needed to thrive.
The School of Design, College of Creative Arts, Massey University, New Zealand
Rodney Adank, Andrew Drain, Michael Jones, Sam McCafferty, Lachlan McIntyre