Register: SEP/27/2019, Submit: OCT/04/2019, Eligibility: Students, professionals; individually, (interdisciplinary) teams up to 3 members, Fee: Indian participants: 1,800 INR (Indian rupee), foreign participants: 70 USD (JUN/18 – AUG/22/2019); Indian participants: 2,400 INR, foreign participants: 85 USD (AUG/23 – SEP/27/2019); +18% tax, Awards: 1st Prize: 2,000 USD, 2nd Prize: 1,200 USD, 3rd Prize: 800 USD
Since the beginning of time, a home has continued to be an entity that is intimate to all living beings on the planet. Apart from being a physical shelter for humans and their daily lives, a home forms a distinct, intimate connection with its users. Today, across the globe, we are experiencing a rise in densely populated urban areas, along with a lack of land resources to provide sufficient housing for the masses. This phenomenon has given rise to a new movement of Micro-Housing; one that commands the idea of simple but inventive living in today’s urban areas. The concept of these revolutionary homes focusses primarily on the innovation of maximum functional area in a minimum footprint, thus redefining the perception of sustainability in urban dwellings. With the idea of Micro-Housing, designers are now coming up with various, inventive solutions to solve the persistent issue of ‘space crunch’ in cities to provide the imperative requirement of ideal housing to as many people as possible.
People today are facing financial and environmental concerns along with the aspiration to improve their standard of living and have more freedom in today’s given urban scenario. This has led them to follow modest and efficient ways of living. The world now, with development in technology and smart living concepts, is looking at innovative design ideas to create residential spaces that offer suburban serenity and urban energy while optimizing the functionality of the habitable areas.
The users looking for residences today know the value of space and want sustainable, safe and functional homes. We now have a golden opportunity to bring innovative, unconventional design concepts for creating resourceful spaces complete with the personal touch of homeliness to the otherwise conservative world of residential architecture.
We invite designers around the world, belonging to various factions, to create inventive, experimental architectural solutions which would surprise today’s housing market and call for a sense of living based on community spirit. Arranged in self-contained, integrated communities, the residential units would be representative of innovation and creativity in the modularity of spaces. It’s time to design novel residential communities that reflect the ideology of ‘less is more’.
“It is hard to argue that housing is not a fundamental human need. Decent, affordable housing should be a basic right for everybody in this country. The reason is simple: without stable shelter, everything else falls apart.” Mathew Desmond, American Sociologist
The participants are to design a prototype of a micro-housing unit that reflects the personal needs and culture of the residential community chosen. A suitable aggregation of these micro-housing units should be done in an urban context, mirroring the communal needs of the group of users.
A total of 100 users should be considered for the design. Participants are to choose a site relevant to the topic, in the urban context. The design has to serve as an upgrade to the standard of living of the users. While being very functional in nature, it should also be aesthetically pleasing. The built-up area of each residential unit should not exceed 350sq.ft. and should house up to 4 individuals. The unit should be a prototype, making the optimum use of space, and it needs to be explained in detail.
The designed units should cater to the individual’s personal needs (rest, bath, cook, and work) and community requirements (interact). As per their preferance, the participants are free to add more spaces required in their designs. The design of the micro-housing residential complex should also provide solutions for circulation such as staircases, passages, etc.
The partcipants are to choose a site in an urban context. With the urban population constantly on the rise along with an increase in high density metropolitan areas, there is an immediate need to address the housing crisis in these locations. Many urban cities like Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York, Mumbai, etc, are coming up with innovative solutions to solve this problem. The participants are free to select their own site.