An international contest has been launched seeking proposals for modular, affordable and resilient homes for under $10,000
The competition is backed by the World Bank, Airbnb and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery. It seeks innovative proposals for a $10,000 (£7,600) unit able to withstand natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, extreme heatwaves and droughts.
Organised by the Build Academy, the contest aims to identify a series of part-prefabricated structures which incorporate local building materials and could be harnessed for World Bank-funded reconstruction projects in the Caribbean, and south and east Asia.
According to the brief: ‘Natural disasters are on the rise. Since 1990, natural disasters have affected 217 million people every single year. Hundreds of floods, storms, heatwaves and droughts have left about 606,000 people dead and 4.1 billion injured or homeless around the world since 1995. And it is often the poorest that suffer the most from these shocks.
‘As architects and engineers, we can design resilient and sustainable housing that both reduce the risk of damage and enables rapid reconstruction following a disaster. Winning designs will be published and winners will be invited to exhibit at the World Bank in Washington DC, USA and other select global venues.’
The contest features three separate scenarios, and submissions may respond to one or all three of the challenges. The first involves housing on island countries exposed to earthquakes and tropical storms where construction material costs are very high.
The second focuses on mountainous countries where catastrophic landslides often follow earthquakes, and the third covers coastal areas such as Bangladesh and the Philippines where tropical storms can result in major flooding.
Submissions should respond to local climatic conditions, incorporate a storage tank for rainwater collection, harness fireproof materials and feature environmentally friendly toilets.
Each 40-50m² structure should house a family of up to five members and include a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, bedroom and main living space which can double-up as an additional bedroom.
The competition is open to multidisciplinary teams featuring at least one member with either an architecture or engineering degree. Participating teams will be invited to work with experienced professionals to develop their ideas during the competition process.
The overall winners will be announced on 14 December and will feature in a public exhibition inside the World Bank in Washington DC.
The deadline for applications is 30 November.
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