The Clean Hub, “a new prototype for sustainable infrastructure” conceived by Shelter Architecture in collaboration with Architecture for Humanity, and designed and built by architecture students from the University of Minnesota, is a breath of fresh air in an often-luxury prefab world. One of the finalists in American Express’ Members Project (vote for the Clean Hub here!), the freestanding module delivers completely off-the-grid infrastructure, from clean water and sanitation to renewable power to disaster areas or rural locations without access to such resources.

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The Clean Hub is an excellent architectural solution for post-emergency demographics and rural locations in need of off-the-grid power and water. The Clean Hub is also scalable to its specific human and natural ecosystem responding to population density, rainfall, sunlight and soil conditions.

John Dwyer, adjunct professor and partner with Shelter Architecture, said, “While our first prototype focuses on disaster response and refugee camps, we see the Clean Hub reaching all those who live without adequate supply of water, sanitation or power. Our hope is to design and deliver integrated, small scale infrastructure to millions in ways that range from entirely manufactured to entirely self built.”

“As with the Farmer’s Market in New Orleans, the home of the first prototype, we continue to see the Clean Hub as a catalyst for creating stable cultures. It’s scaled to serve 150 people at a time which coincides with the optimal number of people in a stable society. Also, when in use, the Clean Hub will produce compost allowing it to be coupled with small scale agriculture. This, in turn, creates a micro-economy”

It’s great to see such design talent being focused on real, global, socially-based problems. If you’re as impressed with the Clean Hub as we are, be sure to cast your vote by July 15th on American Express’ Members Project site here. + The Clean Hub (on the Open Architecture Network) + Shelter Architecture + Architecture for Humanity