We are very pleased to announce our 5th Design Competition. The challenge is to design a health facility that can easily be relocated. This could be in response to a natural disaster, or to inoculate and educate in areas with specific medical emergencies or outbreaks, it will also help aid agencies that don't have the funds or means to purchase land, offering short term leasing opportunities. The setting is South East Asia where each year, 8 million people die from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that are largely preventable and often manageable. Unlike their developed-country counterparts, 30% of these people are aged less than 60. According to WHO this figure will increase by 21% over the next decade. The impact of infectious diseases in Southeast Asia is staggering. Malaria, for example, infected as many as 41 million people in the region in 2009. Demand for healthcare services in Southeast Asia is rising rapidly especially for those in rural communities where poverty makes people more vulnerable. Prevention, early detection and timely treatment through decentralised healthcare will lower death rates and improve lives.
Download the 'MOVED to CARE' brief 'here' :
More people than ever before live in cities yet the chances for social interaction is ever decreasing. People no longer have the market places or the small town, village mentality to stop and chat in the street. PLAYscapes is an effort to revitalise an underused area of a city in a playful way and turn it into a place for social interaction for all ages.
Construction has started on the winning project from the PLAYscape competition at Mill St gardens under a busy flyover in Cape town. We look forward to sharing more images with you as the project progresses. Well done to all those that were involved, there were some truly inspirational ideas!
In partnership with Karuna Cambodia, Habitat for Humanity & the Cambodian Society of Architects (CSA) we sought designs that provided a sustainable future for housing in the South-east Asian country. Any proposal had to keep below a budget of $2000 and deal with the yearly flooding that effects most residential areas. The winning designs could influence the way they build housing in the region. This competition is a real chance to make a difference to a large group of working Cambodians lives. We are in discussion with other charitable organisations working in the region and hope that through the project we can raise the standards and create a sustainable agenda for future development. Although the competition only asked for a house design the implications of the project are great. The competition represents a real chance to make a difference and challenge a host of issues that relate to the environment, flooding, living standards and the construction process. So far three of the winning designs have been constructed and further interest has been made in a number of the running up proposals!
Sought to find well designed homes for the elderly or homeless within some of the World’s richest countries. The growing rate in single occupancy households has led to increased numbers of young and elderly people affected by poverty being forced to live in substandard living conditions & in the worst cases sleeping rough. We asked designers, engineers, architects and house builders to provide a solution to the housing crisis by offering sustainable, affordable, small homes that give those that are alienated or marginalised within society a safe place to live. Contestants were asked to site their proposals in an urban area of a developed country, develop single occupant designs that are sensitive to the local context and keep to a budget of £20,000 ($30,000). Building Trust international is working with Levitt Bernstein (the winning architects), local government and community groups to secure planning for the winning design. The design competition has the continued support of Habitat for Humanity, the YMCA & Tall Engineers.
Competition to design a modular school for refugee and migrant communities on the border of Burma and Thailand. The main design challenge was to enable for deconstruction and reassembly due to restrictions on land ownership and the opportunity to one day move the school back over the border into Burma. The competition was a huge success with entries from over 30 countries, attracting widespread media coverage. The result culminating in;
- The construction of the winning design by Amadeo Bennetta and Daniel LaRossa, 'see images'
- A follow up series of build projects for other schools in the region informed by the first project. The impact of the project currently has improved the learning environment and chances for education of almost 500 children Over the next few years the MOVINGschools project will have a positive impact on 1000's of childrens lives.
-The publication of a book entitled 'MOVING Schools' available from the London Architectural Association bookshop, RIBA outlets and online,
-further interest in some of the running up designs from other schools and NGO's to be taken forward with additionally secured funding.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank all those that take part in our competitions. You provide a wealth of ideas that promote humanitarian design and support the idea that designers can influence positive social change and have a role in shaping our World. By taking part you also help to build the projects through donating. The construction of the 'School 4 Burma' project would never have been possible without the funding collected from the competition which goes towards buying materials and employing local labour.