The first MPE2013 exhibition featuring the winner modules of the MPE2013 competition held in collaboration with IMAGINARY takes place from March 5 – 8, 2013 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
The Convertible House
The film The Convertible House represents a virtual floor plan of house that can change its layout to accustom itself to different weather and environmental conditions. Depending on the actual shape, the house can expose its rooms to sun light; or it can curl up to protect itself during stormy days.
The conversion is based on the solution of the famous century‐old mathematical problem called The Haberdasher’s Problem. The goal is to cut an equilateral triangle into four pieces that can be rearranged into a square.
The film portrays several of the possible house configurations accompanied by haiku poems by eight classical Japanese poets between 17th an 20th century. The selection of haiku poems is used in accordance with house’s features in the hope of revealing the Nature‐awareness of the house.