HEAL Regenerative housing for Kerala

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HEAL Regenerative housing for Kerala Deadline: 2019-02-05
Award: 240,000 INR total
Open to: 18 years and older*

Every time disaster hits, we as humans do everything in our power to suppress it, provide aid and rehabilitate. But even the most advanced prevention systems and methods fail. The only way out is to fold how humans grow and work together + towards living with the forces of nature collectively.

There are different levels of damages in a flood situation - ranging from a limited water logging to total wipe-out. This leads to transportation hamper, slow degradations of infrastructure and a lot more. Many people have to build their lives over again, with all their belongings lost. The damage can be of physical assets at the same time irreparable life losses which make things even tougher.

With floods being an inevitable problem with drastic climate change and rising sea levels:
- Can we build habitats that accept water surge as a reality?
- Can we design buildings that help people to get back on their feet much faster than before?
- As everybody is rebuilding in the same battle can they do it together?
- If India is too big to be planned ‘outside in’, can we create habitats that are planned ‘inside out’?
- If a flood rises to a wipeout situation can there be places of refuge built or made accessible beforehand?
- Can habitats be prepared for the next disaster already irrespective of time while rebuilding?

The goal is A ‘community housing’ proposition that is scalable, heals when damaged and regenerates faster than before when broken down.

The design problem is to build unit micro-neighborhood for 100 families, with a case of use established in Aluva. The programme is targeted towards concept of a family housing of 5 people per family.

* Details may apply. See contest website to confirm eligibility.

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