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UH Students Build Wiki Housing for Emergencies
University of Hawaiʻi students under the instruction of assistant professor Bundit Kanisthakhon, along with support from the community, partnered with the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency to create an affordable temporary housing unit for tropical post-disaster scenarios. The unit, called Wiki Housing, was built for $2,500 using “unistruts,” basic lumber, plastic panels, a corrugated roof and bolts, and can be constructed with just a wrench. The elevated unit features a sleeping area for one or two people, a small kitchen, bath area, work station and storage, and can be reconfigured for bigger families. The structure has been part of the UH architecture “Tropiceering” exhibit and Shen Gallery, and will be moving to the North Shore where it will be field-tested. Kanisthakhon demonstrated the bathing area of the unit Sunday with UH architecture student Karolyn Jones, left.
Star Advertiser, June 8, 2022, Page B1