TREKKEN

KTLN

There are thousands temporary workers in Chile who have to work in the field. They work as collectors of fruit, wheat and wine grapes. As a consequence they have to travel all around Chile from north to south.

The field’s owners do not care much about their conditions of housing and living, so  temporary workers need to solve their own problems. They don’t have a mobile home, mostly they build shacks and the living conditions are often unhealthy and overcrowded.

One of the most common problems is cooking their meals. They used to cook with fires on the ground, but there were many incidents with unattended fires that resulted on fire breakout to the crops. Therefor, owners and administrators decided to ban the use open fires inside their properties.

A unknown worker appears to have decided to solve the problem himself by using trash material. With a powder milk can, some pieces steel wire and a tomato sauce can he made a cooking stove. But that did not completely solve the situation.

In the beginning, workers would not carry the stove with them and would build regularly build a new stove, . The design did not develop further because they only used it for a short time did not need a better solution. When working conditions in the harvest changed the workers did not have enough time to build the rustic stove regularly and they started carrying it along That is a problem for them because they have to walk or cycle long distances from their living place to their work, carrying many other things along. They could be riding a bike carrying labour tools, the oven and the fuel for it, which makes a heavy and bulky load.

With this design I wanted to solve the volume problem and heating efficiency. The solution is based on the well-structured idea that already existed, because it solves a particular problem with little resources. We should not forget that these people are acting according to a specific need and the result is good enough for instant design.

In this design the transport size of the stove is reduced by disassembly of the base. The tomato can burner was replaced by a commonly available and controllable heating element, thus lowering the risk of burns and fire breakout.