Best way to sleep under the stars

Best way to sleep under the stars

UVA architecture and engineering students made sleeping shelters out of the stuff that’s probably in your recycling bin right now.

Back in September 2008, some beautiful and smart new ways to repose in the great outdoors sprouted in the yard of UVA architecture prof John Quale. They were the creations of architecture and engineering students charged with making structures to shelter two sleeping people. The rules of the contest were that the structures had to be made from recycled, reclaimed or natural materials; that materials had to be recycled after the project; and that each structure could take no more than two hours to assemble and cost no more than $10. After evaluators actually spent a Friday night sleeping in these rather amazing constructions, group of experts evaluated the results and handed out prizes.

The structures were made from stuff like cardboard, aluminum cans, newspapers and shredded paper, with the winning entry making use of melted tarps and plastic bags. We dig how clever and good-looking all the structures were, and we think the fact that these students comprise the current ecoMOD team (that’s an affordable-housing and sustainable-building project headed by Quale) bodes well for more permanent local constructions. Pillow, anyone?

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