The Dyson Program was a 3-week workshop run at the University of Queensland in July 2014. Nine students participated and were given the task of designing and prototyping some application for submission to the James Dyson Award student design competition. As seed inspiration, they participated in two, 2-hr preparatory workshops to familiarise themselves with research at UQ in origami-based structures and composite structures.


The Rhino Shell

The Rhino Shell is a prototype transitional shelter developed for the James Dyson Award 2014. It brings an additional year of development to the Plate House design and introduces two major improvements. First, it utilises a new, morphing shell structural mechanism that allows multi-layered, plate-based structures fold into a compact package and be instantly deployed. Second, the Rhino House employs a redesigned, dual-curvature form designed to optimise internal usability. The shape is enabled by the morphing shell technology, which has a 3D load-carrying ability that doesn’t require a rectilinear frame for structural efficiency. With these improvements, the redeveloped Rhino Shell provides the convenience of a marquee or tent structure and the comfort and security of a typical house – thus satisfying design objectives that the Plate House did not.

The project video is shown below and complete project details are available at the James Dyson Award entry page here. Team Members (left to right): Tamsin Cash (Civil), Joe Gattas (Civil), Hayden Warren (Civil), Nicola White (Architecture).
Rhino Shell


The Festy Flat

The Festy Flat is a fast-up, fast-down, solid-skin shelter, built exclusively from cardboard temporarily diverted on its way to the recycling plant. It uses an innovative orthogonal hinge arrangement to ensure speedy deployment and following use, is simple to flat-fold or crush to demonstrate that the house is ready for recycling.

The project video is shown below and complete project details are available at the James Dyson Award entry page here. Team Members (left to right): Daniel Brice (ITEE), Joe Gattas (Civil), Evmen Wong (Civil), Joshua Owen (ITEE).
Festy Flat


The Crease Bridge

The Crease Bridge is the first concept application of a new structural formwork technology. It is a portable bridge that can be instantly deployed in flooded regions for emergency pedestrian and light vehicle thoroughfare (access/evacuation) and following emergency use, can be used to case a permanent concrete bridge.

The project video is shown below and complete project details are available at the James Dyson Award entry page here. Team Members (left to right): Joe Gattas (Civil), Samuel Rech (Civil), Steven Ettema (Civil), Acacia Stevenson (Architecture).
Crease Bridge


Version History

- [2014-08-16] Published.