The Just a Minute House
I was drawn to this article for several reasons. As some of you may know our own Greg Quinn visited Nepal with his family a few years ago and even before this disaster conditions were not optimal for many citizens. Also, I was involved in a competition with IDC four years ago where applicants were tasked with designing a structure that could be distributed to natural disaster victims. Having already come up with a solution for the same problem, I was impressed with the solution being implemented for the earthquake victims in Nepal. The “Just a Minute” house is essentially a prefab structure with a core that contains a washroom and kitchen and 2 collapsible wings that are expanded on site to create living and sleeping areas. Multiple structures can also be joined together for larger groups and additional sun shades can be added on site as well. The structure is built of just 6 locally sourced materials and does not require skilled labour to be assembled on site. The “Just a Minute” is a wonderful solution for the earthquake affected citizens of Nepal to have temporary shelter as their lives are rebuilt.