A FEW THINGS
ABOUT SHELTER 2.0
What is Shelter 2.0? Digital fabrication, disaster relief, and local enterprise.
There are always people willing to give to those in need during times of tragedy. It’s the way things have always worked with “charity”…someone gives so that someone else can benefit. Shelter 2.0 started out as one of those kinds of givers, thinking that the best way we could help was to give homes to people that had lost theirs. We’re not saying that that’s wrong…that people shouldn’t help others. The more we thought about our particular way of giving, though, the more we realized that raising money and giving away Shelters may not be the best way for us to help in the long run.
What’s different about us?
What makes Shelter 2.0 different than other organizations that supply Shelters and other structures…our “secret sauce”… is that we’re digital and our designs were created from the start to be locally fabricated. It’s much easier to export the digital files and instructions…than it is to ship the finished product. If we cut Shelters and ship them, the money for materials and labor stays where WE live, the costs of transport is wasted, and the skills stay with us. If these shelters or other structures were fabricated on site using local labor, the recipients would reap the benefits.
It’s the gift that keeps on giving! Once someone has learned the skills necessary to design, fabricate, and construct a Shelter, the same digital technology can be used to make cabinets, furniture, signs, and even houses.
MORE ABOUT OUR JOURNEY
Born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Robert Bridges is a carpenter, woodworker, designer and a pioneer in the use of CNC tools in the construction industry. His custom building company, RBW Design Build, and CNC fabrication shop, eFab Local, both actively support the Shelter 2.0 effort. A strong need to help those in distress inspired the Shelter 2.0 project, to both supply housing to those in need and to encourage innovation in the production of emergency and transitional housing.
Bill Young, a boat carpenter for most of his life before discovering digital fabrication while manufacturing boat kits, now works for ShopBot Tools and helps with design and fabrication development for the Shelter 2.0 project.He also works on 100kgarages.com to promote local or “distributed” manufacturing, one of the goals of the Shelter 2.0 project..
Always striving to improve the way we respond to those in need.