The Kit Habitat



The Kit Habitat explores the possibilities of applying kits-of-parts into habitat design. Based on high flexibility, compactness of transport, and the ease of erecting structures in harsh environments, the model-kit is regarded as a medium to generate architectural structure for human and non-human creatures. Apart from seeking multiple forms of model-kit combinations, and creating new typologies in spatial realms, the thesis also explores the possibilities in materiality and construction techniques by introducing a device that collects and reassembles raw materials, offering expanded resource advantages. With the prevalence of expanding the habitat to a broader scale, issues related to adaptation, in harsh, or unpredictable environments, emerges. The thesis does research in a specific situation, learning how certain non-human creatures adapt to the habitat by studying a series of features, or factors that have impact on such adaptation. The Kit Habitat seeks to translate them in a kit-of-parts approach, with the inclusion of transportation, construction manipulation, transformation and adaptation processes afoot.

The thesis proposes a kit prototype at Natron Lake, the world’s largest natural habitat for flamingos, and invents devices that automatically learn from the flamingo’s behavior, and acquired features for adapting to situation specific conditions—high evaporation and salinity density, for example. Motivated by local remains of animals, the techniques of transforming the raw materials into reuse resources for a new habitat structure is introduced.

The Kit Habitat seeks answers through the kit design and an expanded format for augmented adaptation. With time-lapse technology and scanning sensors, the architectural kit structure can be dismantled and referred to other situations that evolve, while addressing key environmental factors to realize greater adaptability. Not surprisingly, high flexibility also allows the kit to work at smaller scales. If the character is influenced by human activities, the kit can respond to such changes, automatically or manually.
Faculty Advisor:
Perry Kulper