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      THE CASTLE: A LEAN MICRO-DWELLING

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      Journal of Green Building

      College Publishing

      plywood, micro-dwelling, mass-customisation

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          The Castle, a long-term collaboration between the School of Architecture & Design and local youth-service organizations, intends to assist youth at risk of homelessness by deploying micro-dwellings to households experiencing spatial and emotional distress. Responding to a demonstrated gap in the housing market, the brief for The Castle demands a dwelling that is small, mobile, autonomous and spatially clever. Aside from important social and pedagogical agendas The Castle explores ‘ leanness’ in timber construction. Three prototypes have resulted in ‘panitecture,’ a highly adaptive construction system composed of CNC-router cut folded plate plywood wall panels integrated with built-in furniture. Panitecture results in an overall reduction in material waste, direct applicability to a low-skilled workforce and opportunities for mass-customisation, accommodating infinite design configurations to be processed without the need for continual redesign. Options are also available for deployment onto site—as a digital file, as individual components, assembled panels, an assembled carcass or as a completed dwelling.

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          Journal
          jgrb
          Journal of Green Building
          College Publishing
          1552-6100
          1943-4618
          1943-4618
          Winter 2009
          : 4
          : 1
          : 99-113
          Author notes

          1Lecturer, School of Architecture and Design, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Australia, richard.burnham@ 123456utas.edu.au .

          2Infrastructure Manager, School of Architecture and Design, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Australia.

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          jgb.4.1.99
          10.3992/jgb.4.1.99
          ©2009 by College Publishing. All rights reserved.

          Volumes 1-7 of JOGB are open access and do not require permission for use, though proper citation should be given. To view the licenses, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

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          Pages: 15
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