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The DVC L 1 Course:

Students have to design a sustainable sleep-out from 3 x shipping containers. The size of a typical shipping container is: 12 (length) x 2.2 (width) x 3 m (height) . Students have to consider the following:

  • Size of the shipping containers and the configuration
  • Sustainability features and functions (solar panels [PV], water tanks, wind turbines, building materials, etc.)
  • Design era (e.g. Modernism or Bauhaus). Visit this great website to explore design eras:
  • Influential designer (e.g. Phillip Johnson, Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, etc.). Useful website:
  • Bio-mimetics: illustrate and inform design ideas and decisions. Website:

Design Brief: Sustainable Sleep-out (3 x shipping containers) 2017 &2018.

"Design a Sustainable Sleep-out using 3 shipping containers."