PlyPAD: An affordable, replicable tool in the fight against homelessness

In previous blogs, we shared the PAD (Portable Adaptive Dwelling) we created to help address homelessness in an urban environment. Our designed-and-built sleeping pod was part of the larger POD Initiative, which asked local teams to iterate a second design using plywood as an affordable building material, and CNC technology as a means of replicable construction.

Passionate about this subject, a team of volunteers at SERA set to work.

Our design, which is made to easily snap and bolt together and can be transported by forklift and truck, provides storage, a bed and workspace. Plus, there are added touches like clerestory windows and a covered porch with built-in bench. See all of the details in our display board below.

Fun fact: Plywood was developed in Portland and introduced as an innovative new product at the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial (Western World’s Fair).

As part of an upcoming exhibit focused on John Yeon – an influential Portland architect notable for using plywood in his work – the Portland Art Museum will feature SERA’s PlyPAD concept along with five others. The exhibit is called Quest for Beauty: The Architecture, Landscapes, and Collections of John Yeon, and it’s happening May 13 to September 3.

Be sure to check it out!

Download the poster (1.42 MB PDF)

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