HEALING HOMES CHALLENGE

Habitats that Heal our People and our Planet

CALLING ALL ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS

We invite you to participate in the Healing Homes Challenge organized by Build Academy, UN-Habitat, New York Academy of Sciences, Buro Happold and Davos BlockBase. The goal of this global innovation challenge is to generate designs for sustainable, cost-effective and safe homes that can assist, support, and protect people in case of health-related crises such as pandemics. Participants are expected to work in cross-functional teams of designers, buildings sector professionals, health specialists, socio-economic and environmental experts from all over the world to come up with innovative solutions. 

THE PROBLEM

As COVID-19 spreads around the world, billions of people have been told to stay at home. It is estimated that around 1.8 billion people, or more than 20 percent of the world’s population, lack adequate housing. These figures include around 1 billion people living in informal settlements or slums. Housing is a fundamental human right, without it, it is impossible to carry out social distancing, good hygiene, and prevent the spreading of diseases.

Moreover, pandemic control measures in urban areas and lack of access to outside spaces can have a detrimental effect on peoples’ mental and physical health. The stressful home stay environment especially in small and crowded housing in informal settlements, the disruption of social and protective networks, and decreased access to services exacerbate the risk of violence for women and children.

Most people live in cities where the chances of contagion are much higher. How many neighborhoods and the homes within have been designed with such situations in mind? How many people live in settings where they need to constantly be in contact with others for their daily needs as food, shelter, care, etc. There are no possibilities to isolate from other people and reduce the risk of getting sick. The way many of our homes, neighborhoods and cities are designed often does not favor the way in which we can be prepared, assist, support, and protect people during pandemics.

SOLUTION

Through crowdsourcing, we can co-create a more prepared and healthier future where homes and neighborhoods benefit from design and technology to make our cities more efficient and proactive towards such health related crises. Imagine a future where neighborhoods can be autonomous and self-sufficient as to generate energy, produce food, and recycle waste. Where social facilities can serve multiple purposes and allow people to be better organized and respond during a crisis. Our world needs better ways to promote healthier homes and neighborhood making habitats safe in case of pandemics.

  • The challenge is aimed to find design solutions for innovative, self-sustaining, resilient, safe and healthier homes and neighborhoods.
  • The proposals should be able to host people for extended periods of time without the need to interact with the outside world.
  • The materials and technologies selected should be sustainable.
  • The designs should promote the assistance, support, and protection of their inhabitants and their environment.

HOW IT WORKS

  • Sign up anytime with no registration fee and form your team, or participate on your own, provided that you are an architect or civil engineer
  • Participate in the optional educational tutorials to enhance your knowledge of the context
  • If you need some help, you’ll have the option to receive regular feedback from Experts in the field and in group forums on Zoom
  • Submit your final proposal by July 17th, 2020, latest
  • A highly reputable Jury will select and announce the winners on August 14th, 2020

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CONTEXT

Our world needs better ways to promote healthier homes and neighborhood making habitats safe in case of pandemics. 

  • The challenge is aimed to find design solutions for innovative, self-sustaining, resilient, safe and healthier homes and neighbourhoods.

  • The proposals should be able to host people for extended periods of time without the need to interact with the outside world.

  • The materials and technologies selected should be sustainable.

  • The designs should promote the assistance, support, and protection of their inhabitants and their environment.

  • The challenge is divided in three categories involving designing modular, prefabricated homes of three types- small, medium and large ranging from US$ 30,000 until US$ 250,000.

The challenge has been designed for three scenarios. Design teams can submit designs for a single scenario or all three scenarios depending on their preference.

SCENARIO 1

S HOME Earthquakes and Tropical storms with wind speeds in excess of 250 km/hr. (cyclones/ hurricanes/ typhoons)
GEOGRAPHY Developing countries
CLIMATE Tropical
CONTEXT Rural and suburban
 COST

$250-400/sqm

PLOT Assume a 20 m x 20 m plot

SCENARIO 2

M HOME Earthquakes up to 7.0 on Richter’s scale also resulting in landslides
GEOGRAPHY Developed countries
CLIMATE Continental
CHALLENGE Urban and suburban
 COST

$700-900/sqm

PLOT Assume a 20 m x 50 m plot

SCENARIO 3

R HOME Home renovation of existing houses with technologies and spaces for health and wellbeing.
GEOGRAPHY Global
CLIMATE Continental and Tropical
COST

$50-200/sqm

PLOT Any existing plot size

GUIDELINES

  • Physical and Mental Health
  • Regenerative Design
  • Living with Nature
  • Urban Design
  • Sacred Space
  • Smart Technology
  • Social Interaction
  • Pandemic Resilience
  • Quarantine Possibility
  • Food Production
  • Water Efficiency
  • Waste Management
  • Energy Positive
  • Passive Heating and Cooling
  • Online Education
  • Remote Work
  • Domestic Safety
  • Accessibility

    SUGGESTED DIMENSIONS

    AREA: The houses should accommodate a family of 4-5 people in about 40-50m2.

    KITCHEN: 8-12m2, storage and cooking space

    BATHROOM & TOILET: 5-8m2  (combined or separate)

    BEDROOM: 12-15m2; storage space 1-2m2

    MAINROOM: 20m2, could be used as a bedroom at night

    MINIMAL HEIGHT: 2.5m

    Participants are encouraged to respect the building codes of the countries they are designing for.

    FAQ

    To view the FAQ for the Challenge please click HERE.

    OUTCOMES

    Challenge participants will apply their skills and knowledge to design of resilient architecture and how it can be implemented both in rural and urban settings. They will have the opportunity to improve their design and collaboration skills, working with a global community of professionals from all over the world, and receiving feedback from professors and experts. The work will be done by teams formed by independent practitioners who will work together on developing integral projects that include aspects of architectural design, structural engineering, building technology, social space, community development, economic feasibility, sustainability, and resilience.

    ELIGIBILITY

    At least one member of the team should have an architectural or/and civil engineering degree. For designers, previous architectural experience is highly recommended. Other members who participate can also include graduate students or last year students of architecture. The expectation is to have a multi-disciplinary team that can collaborate with companies and people from many different backgrounds: architecture, engineering, design, social workers, etc.

    METHODOLOGY

    The challenge will feature collaborations and teamwork. We will also have a forum on Facebook, where participants will be able to exchange and discuss design ideas. During the challenge, the projects will be developed to the phase of schematic design.

    DELIVERABLES

    SUBMISSION FORMAT

    1. 2 Square boards sized 3x3ft (as a PDF) min. 300 dpi, using the layout described below; the board is visually divided into 8 equally sized sections (1.5×1.5 ft), each section having a designated topic.
    2. Design Portfolio: digitally cut the board into the 8 square parts and submit the parts as 8 separate PDFs (numbered accordingly).

     

    SUBMISSION CONTENT

    1. Design Documents (PDFs)
    2. Explanatory text: Overview of Design
      This text is supposed to give the jury a snapshot overview of your overall design approach. up to 1,000 words total. Please download the template here (to download it, click on ‘File’ > ‘Download as’ > ‘Microsoft Word Document’).
    3. Visualizations
      Please find below the list of required visualizations. You are of course more than welcome to add explanatory texts to each visualization.
    • 3-5 renderings of exterior (at the very least: frontal, side, bird’s view)
    • 2-3 renderings of Interior (optional)
    • Axonometric Diagram (foundation, horizontal/vertical structure, slabs, walls, roof; 1:50)
    • Building Plans (1:50)
    • 2 Sections (1:20)
    • 2 Facades/Elevations (1:50)
    • Site Plan (1:200) of the 20x20m site (optional)
    • Community aggregation view (optional)

    4. Construction Phasing (optional)
    If your design requires non-traditional construction techniques, please provide construction drawings (1:20), construction options and recommendations for construction phasing of individual home
    5. Schedule of Rates (.XCL, XCLS): The schedule of rates is supposed to be a list of materials used and their respective cost.

     

    SUBMISSION FILE FORMAT:

    All documents and panels are to be submitted in PDF.
    The Schedule of Rates is to be submitted as Excel file (.xls, .xlsx)

    Font used for panels should be Helvetica; 50 pt. for titles, 30pt. for subtitles, and 24 pt. for body, 20pt. for index. Font used for documents should be Arial 10pt. for body.

    All text must be in English, using font Helvetica: 30 pt. for titles and 20 pt. for body.

    All files will be submitted digitally in PDF format by November 30 at BuildAcademy.com and by email to info@buildacademy.com

    To see the complete Submission Guide please click HERE.

    OPTIONAL GUIDANCE

    If participants require additional support, the team of Build Academy and invited experts will provide the option of weekly guidance and feedback for their work through a video conference on Zoom.

     

    1 Natural Disasters and Resilient Design
    2 Spatial Design
    3 Resilient Unit Design
    4 Unit Aggregation Strategies
    5 Resilient Urban Design
    6 Final Q&A about Project Submission

    EVALUATION CRITERIA

     

    • Resilience (25%) 

    • Design (20%)

    • Cost Effectiveness (15%)

    • Construction (15%)

    • Sustainability (15%)

    • Presentation (10%)

    DESIGN COPYRIGHT ©

    The copyright of all design will remain with the authors. Build Academy and the WBG will have the rights to publish the results.

    NO REGISTRATION FEE

    FINALISTS

    The jury will award 3 winning designs for each of the 3 scenarios, so there will be a total of 9 winners.

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