Engineering & Humanity Week In The News

Green Source DFW

Harvey Lacey builds a house using Ubuntu bricks made of recycled plastic

KDAF-TV (Ch. 33-Dallas)

Green Team SMU

The Dallas Morning News

New Businesses Should Be  Ready for Plan B

Voice of America

Refugee Camp Springs Up on US University Campus

AOL News

Segway Inventor Dean Kamen Recieves Humanitarian Award

KERA-90.1 FM (NPR-Dallas)

SMU Students Live In Their Refugee Huts

WFAA-TV (ABC-Dallas)

Dallas Group Helping Children Get Clean Water

The Dallas Morning News

SMU Honors A True Visionary

Segway Inventor To Receive Humanitarian Award in Dallas

Hunt Institute to Build Third World Village on SMU Campus

As SMU Marks 100 Years, It's Aiming For The Top Tier (April 10 photo)

The Dallas Observer

At SMU’s Living Village, Harvey Lacey Demos A House Built One Plastic Bag At A Time

What Can You Do With An Old Shipping Container? Turn It Into The EandH Commissary

KXAS-TV (NBC-Dallas)

SMU Students Build 'Refugee Camp' on Campus

The New York Times

Ethical Engineering-No Oxymoron

SMU Daily Campus

Internationalizing SMU

Engineering and Humanity Week brings ideas, innovation to solve third world problems

Texas inventor turns trash into innovative solution

Audio Slideshow: Engineering and Humanity Week Brings Living Village To Life

The Living Village: A Video Tour

Sustainable Village Comes  To Life Through Engineering

Video: SMU students participate in "The Living Village"

SMU Daily Mustang

Engineering and Humanity Week at SMU: Students Take on a Third-World Experience


Inventor Dean Kamen To Receive Inaugural Hunt Institute Visionary Award  


Gensler Dallas: Curator of The Living Village

Living Village Blog

SMU Students: Tell Us Your Living Living Village Adventure On The SMU Adventures Blog

The Commissary at Engineering & Humanity Week 2011

The commissary designed by bcWorkshop will be installed on the SMU campus for one week as part of The Living Village for Engineering & Humanity Week. From April 11-14, students will be living in various shelter installations and using the commissary as a place to gather and share meals.

Following the installation at SMU, the commissary will be relocated in conjunction with a farmer’s market/community garden effort for the purpose of making fruits and vegetables available to share and sell in various locations.

A 20’ x 8’ x 8’ shipping container will be the basis of the commissary structure with modifications and a flexible design to enhance user comfort, social interaction, and functionality per designated site. Electricity will be generated through an off-grid source, a 260W solar photovoltaic system, providing enough electricity for basic services such as lighting and powering laptops. Food and supplies will be stored, displayed, and distributed through a 30 linear foot, reconfigurable shelving system and sliding overhead shade panels that will be held in place and adjusted by channel rails.

A rainwater catchment system consisting of an overhead canopy and storage tanks will catch and store water independent of public infrastructure. Collected water may also be used for watering plants and vegetables when servicing the farmer’s market/ community garden relocations. The commissary will be transportable through typical container transferring methods and finished with a secure, watertight envelope and detachable ramps to meet ADA standards for accessibility.

bcWorkshop is also installing a transportable gallery hosted in a 45' x 8' x 9'6" shipping container that features foam insulated walls with reclaimed wood and Homasote boards produced from recycled paper for pin-up space. Electricity for the gallery will be provided through a pedal or bike power generator with energy supplied by SMU students and volunteers.