We've seen the movies and we all know it's only a matter of time before a zombie apocolypse strikes earth, however, evidence suggests that simply going to the Winchester, having a nice cold pint, and waiting for it all to blow over is not a viable option. This is an issue that has been globally recognised by designers and architects alike, who have taken immediate action and are competing in the second annual '2011 Zombie Safe House Competition'.
The rules are simple, your design must consider the following issues; how many people can you fit in your safe house? How are you handling power, portable water and waste? How are you handling access to your safe house? How many days do you plan to stay in your safe house and how much food and water are you providing? How will you escape in the even of zombie intrusion? And finally, how will you keep zombies out of your safe house?. The site for the proposed designs are up to the designer and there is no set budget. woohoo
The entries are in and the voting process is in progress. There's a lot of entries to consider, my personal favourite is the 'Zombie Ranch', which uses the zombies attempts to penetrate it's defences to generate power to the people living in the verticle units.
Im currently in the process of designing a competition entry for a zero carbon house, but I wish our tutor had given us the option to enter this competition. As important as 'green' design is, what is the point in preserving the earth if a zombie apocolypse wipes out the entire population.