Register: SEP/25/2018, Submit: SEP/30/2018, Eligibility: Architects, students, engineers, product designers, thinkers, companies, organizations; no professional qualifications are necessary, Fee: Indian nationals 900 INR, international participants 20 USD (AUG/01 – AUG/25/2018); Indian nationals 1500 INR (Indian rupee), international participants 30 USD (AUG/26 – SEP/15/2018); Indian nationals 2400 INR, international participants 40 USD (SEP/16 – SEP/25/2018, Awards: 1st Prize 50,000 INR (about 730 USD), 2nd Prize 30,000 INR (about 435 USD), 3rd Prize 20,000 INR (about 290 USD), Top 10 (except top 3 winners) 5,000 INR (about 70 USD) each, Top 3 Special Recognition and Awards for the teachers or mentors, Top 30 shortlist, People’s Choice Award 5,000 INR (about 70 USD)
The growing issue of homeless people around the world is one that needs to be tackled on a war footing. As our cities grow, each of them are occupied by a diverse narrative of migrants who make the city their home. A third of all urban dwellers worldwide – 1.2 billion people – lack access to safe and secure housing. The gap is worst in lower and middle income countries, where some cities are growing so quickly that governments cannot build out services and infrastructure fast enough to accommodate new arrivals. The result is millions living in inadequate conditions and fraying trust in governments.
Affordability is a fundamental challenge faced by our most successful cities. Where supply cannot keep up with demand; there are often a lot forces at work, and technology has the potential to help mitigate all of them.
To design effective experiences that achieve positive social change, we need design principles that integrate the systems and Human Centric Design approach.
Firstly, We need to understand the challenges faced by the migrants and people who need it. Secondly, we have to understand the idea of design itself – a design so efficient which can be multiplied and drive individual actions, which, when performed by many individuals, drives wide-scale, societal change.
Affordable house starts with the design phase itself, an integrated design approach by the designer is very much essential during the early phase of the project.
We aim to impact at least one needful family by using design as a tool to create sustainable and affordable product. We are focusing on 4 major problems faced by homeless migrants:
- Affordability: Access to safe and secure housing which is easy on pocket and doesn’t brand itself as housing for the poor but an asset which is useful for everyone.
- Mobility & Portability: Floating population/seasonal migrants, who might not want to invest in property – an immovable illiquid asset, no matter how subsidised or cheap it is, we need a mobile/portable solution which is designed with innovative technologies.
- Sustainability and Scalability: A design solution which sustains not just the weather conditions but is easy to maintain and can be replicated to bring a scalable change.
- Economic Opportunity: Can this new product design generate revenue either for the Individual/family living in it or the government?
A good modular design concept can definitely save up a lot and the productivity will be much higher in modular design, thus the tenements can be delivered on time.
- A small house for a family of 4 members not exceeding an area of 250 sqrft. and maximum height of 12 feet, the lesser the area – the better. The shape of the house is not restricted but it shouldn’t exceed the total cubic feet volume (250 sqrft. X 12 ft.).
- Basic amenities like sleeping area for 4 members, Kitchen and toilet to be provided.
- Not necessarily but design a product which is movable, portable and affordable. A design so efficient which can be carried, transported, fixed and dismantled when needed.
- You have to design a small housing colony for 50 families, combining one module with other similar modules. Your modular design should create an impact by solving the mass housing problem.
- The area for the colony is not restricted and you can grow either horizontally or vertically.