A city is a maze of buildings, vehicles, and people, that is designed to be an intricate system. The socio-economic development is unhindered and more agglomerations of cities are coming into existence each day.
The immediate responsibility of the city is to shelter its people. For their living and convenience, various typologies of buildings are built around. Planning plays an important role in controlling the density and efficiency of cities.
Balancing a myriad of typologies and concerns is already a daunting task, moreover, the added pressure of demands rising exponentially over a short time has crippled the growth of many cities.
This haphazard situation is the result of faulty planning or its unintended effect on urban areas. It is ironic since planning is to be wielded as a tool to bring order to cities, but the poor execution can lead to a series of chaotic events.
Planning determines the design and layout of a piece of land and it focuses on the physical form, economic function, and social impact of the urban environment. Under the pressure of urbanization, this act is becoming more convoluted. So, there are many inconsistencies in the planning process.
There are some oddly sized parcels of land that remain vacant around the city. Planning politics, land ownership disputes, or the layers of past developments may be the cause of this. These plots remain unused most times, as they might not be suitable for conventional construction.
The vacant areas are a huge waste and also impact the street and the neighborhood as shoddy elements here can lead to an unsafe, unhygienic, or undesirable image. Resources are scarce as is, and with land values rising each day, these urban residual spaces present an opportunity. Exploring the potential for experiment and activation of these residual plots is essential.
Brief: Design a modular pocket housing on an urban residual plot of land in a dense urban city.
The solution proposed must be modular and temporary since the land may be vacant for a limited time period. It must be built to provide living space to people on a rental basis, for short durations. The assembly and disassembly of the housing units must be efficient.
The concept for this space can be unconventional with innovation in form, layout, or interior elements. The design of the housing must be compact with maximum space utilization. The furniture must be modular with an ambiance of comfort and convenience of use.
The aim is to use the unusually oriented, leftover plots to create a cohesive design that can cater to the need of home in the city. Daylight and ventilation must be well-designed to make the spaces feel bigger and more open. It must be less resource-intensive and economical for easy maintenance.
The design should aim at creating a new way of living. The design can completely disregard/challenge the way houses are made currently.
Modular: Temporary housing solution to bring vacant land into use.
Optimization: Optimum use of available carpet area.
Basics: Natural Light and Natural Ventilation
Contextuality: Anchorage to the chosen site in terms of climate etc. and culture.
Prize pool of worth 24000$
The prize pool is dependent on the total number of registrations received. Please check the awards and fees section to learn more about it. There will be a total of 100 (20%) entries that will be shortlisted for the final awards. All the shortlisted entries will be entitled to e-certificates.
Entry Fees:- Registration starts: 38.00 USD Free with UNI Membership