The Castle

By ABC By Design
This short feature explores how, over the course of 14 days, 24 architecture students from the University of Tasmania's School of Architecture and Design created The Castle.
The Castle is a prototype for mobile, alternative, affordable housing for young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
The other partner in the project was Studentworks, a school alternative where students at risk are taught technical trades.
The design brief was to come up with a model that would be mobile, autonomous, lean and, most importantly, it would be a home.
The prototype can be seen outside Youth Futures in Invermay, Launceston, and in the near future the School of Architecture are hoping to take it to Hobart for more people to see it.
7 June 2008


ABC Radio National’s By Design is a program about how we shape our world - a vibrant show about people and the things that surround us.
From the cities and buildings we live in to the cars we drive and clothes we wear, the program deals with architecture and material culture, the politics of the built environment and design - all through the prism of our daily lives.
It explains how, through the creative process, human ideas take on tangible form and designers reinvent the world to keep pace with its changing needs and desires, lifting the quality of our lives.
The program explores how design -- the way things look, feel and function -- reflects social change; what the decisions we make as consumers of architecture and everyday objects tell us about who we are.