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What is #SAFEhouse?

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What is #SAFEhouse?

Building Trust team enter Nepal housing competition with innovative design!

Safe House is not only modular within its’ structural elements, but also within its entirety.

Earthquake resistant design principles were applied to the design in order to reduce the level of damage the building sustains during an earthquake.  The simplistic rectangular form of the building eliminates weak structural junctions, which will reduce the amount of localized failings to the structure during an earthquake.

By using reinforced raft foundations the building has a very strong base that spreads its load evenly on the ground and reduces differential settlement.  The foundation can be used to level a sloping site and mitigate problems associated with unstable terrain and soil conditions, so can be applied in most contextual situations in Nepal and Tibet.  A 200mm upstanding plinth also creates a strong connection between the foundations and the structural frame it supports.

The design has just been entered into the IKUKU design challenge, check out our design here

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Keep your fingers crossed that our design wins the challenge and helps us see our housing designed realised in Nepal.

Thanks for reading,

Louise

 

Cool School Winners Announced

How do you get to school if it’s minus 45 °C outside? How
do you gain an education when your nearest school is 20km
away? Witnessing this problem Building Trust international
launched an international design competition to challenge
designers and architects to provide a design solution which has
the chance to shape the future of school buildings across cold
regions globally.

I am thrilled to announce the winners of the Cool School Design competition:

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WINNERS of the Cool School competition Kyle Wylde, Nathan Woodward, Stephen Hawkins and Charley Burrough from UK Architectural practice PLACE By Design.

A diverse and enthusiastic Urban Design and Architectural practice based in Bristol, UK have been announced as the winners in a design competition that hopes to provide a safe, comfortable, learning environment for 100 pupils, withstanding extreme temperatures in Mongolia. The competition had 475 registered entrants and a jury including representatives from Building Trust International, World Vision, UNICEF, The Mongolian Education Alliance, GIZ and most importantly the local Governor and school committee.

Building Trust international will be working closely with World Vision Mongolia and local partners to deliver the winning design during Summer 2015. We look forward to building the winning design which will deliver a new innovative school design to a much needed community in Khovd, Mongolia. I will be posting updates live from the build which will be taking place this Summer.

Check out the Honourable Mentions from the competition:

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Maria Elena Beccaria Balduzzi and Martin Didžys based in Denmark.

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Daniela Zuanigh, Jennifer Schiano and Carlotta Giusti from Italy

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Andrew Kwok and David Majoe from the UK who are currently studying at the University of Bath

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Lateral Office (Toronto, CAN) Lola Sheppard, Mason White, Kate Holbrook-Smith and Jack Lipson

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Arup and Arup Associates

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Yuval Zohar, Livio Ercoli, Guo Xiaojuan, Victor Vieaux and Mei Zhang from Shanghai-based MUDI Architects

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Amirabbas Aboutalebi, Hooman Balazadeh, Yasaman forootan, Fatemeh Tajik, Artshin Mazoji, Hoda barzegar ganji and Samira Hajinasiri from Iran

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Ragy Aly Mostafa Elsayed Elgendy, Marwa Kamel AbdelHamid El Sayed, Merna Nabil Saad Henen, Aymen Jamal Mohamed Abdelmaksoud, Hebaallah AbdelWahab Mohamed Fathi and Lora Nabil Saad Henen from Pharos University in Alexandria, Egypt.

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Gary Robson, Sam Mitson
Nathan Mundy and Thora Arnardottir from Brightspace Architects in the UK

I would like to thank all those participants who took part in such an exciting competition.

Thanks for reading,

Louise

Cool School: Design for an Extreme Climate

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I am very excited to announce the launch of the 6th Building Trust design competition. The competition entitled ‘Cool School’ challenges architects, designers and engineers to submit an innovative school design proposal that can withstand the extreme Mongolian winters. 
 
The competition brief can be downloaded from below:
 
 
Registration Information:
 
Early-bird Registration : £50 (23rd Jan – 6th Feb)
Advance Registration : £75 (7th Feb – 27th Feb)
Final Registration: £100 (28th Feb – 6th March)
Closing date for all submissions – 3rd April 2015
 
Announcement of winners to be posted on www.buildingtrustinternational.org – 1st May 2015
 
The competition challenges architects, designers and engineers to provide a design solution which has the chance to shape the future of school buildings across cold regions globally.
Contestants should consider environmental conditions, materials, space, comfort, accessibility, adaptability and aesthetics. Building Trust international will work alongside competition partners, World Vision, local government and the school community in Khovd, Mongolia to build the winning school design. 
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Images of the existing school building in Khovd. Keep an eye out for results which will be shared in May!

HOME Competition Deadline – 1 week to go!

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HOME Competition

There are now only 6 days left to register for the latest Building Trust International Open Design Competition.The competition entitled ‘HOME’ will look into designing affordable, single occupancy housing for the increasing numbers of young and elderly people affected by poverty.

ABOUT THE COMPETITION:

The aim of this competition is to:

– Design a quality, low cost home that will tackle issues of homelessness and homes for the elderly in our society;

– Encourage and reward design excellence at a small scale which integrates function, structure, details and the need for shelter;

– Research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing a home with the constraints of a low budget on an urban site.

– Encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal and foster understanding of the impacts of housing trends on people’s health and well-being.

COMPETITION STRUCTURE:

This is a single stage competition with the aim of identifying the most appropriate proposal, which best satisfies the general and specific objectives of the contest.

INTRODUCTION:

The challenge is to design an affordable home for an individual. The profile of these users is not defined within the brief “we’re leaving it up to you” but as a guide they could be the elderly, physically or mentally impaired or homeless and looking for the opportunity to stop the cycle of living in debt. Lack of provision of quality small scale housing stock in developed countries often means those that are most vulnerable in our society live in sub-standard living conditions. The HOME design competition hopes to shed light on this and open the doors to designers and house builders that want to make a difference.

SITE SELECTION:

HOME Competition welcomes designs that can be sited in an urban area in any of the countries from the list below:

Norway                                          Luxembourg                                      Israel
Australia                                          Singapore                                    Belgium

Netherlands                               Czech Republic                                     Austria

United States                            United Kingdom                                    France
New Zealand                                      Greece                                       Slovenia
Canada                                   United Arab Emirates                              Finland
Ireland                                               Cyprus                                           Spain
Liechtenstein                                     Andorra                                          Italy

Germany                                 Brunei Darussalam                               Portugal

Sweden                                              Estonia                                       Bahrain
Switzerland                                      Slovakia                                          Latvia
Japan                                                  Malta                                             Chile
Hong Kong                                         Qatar                                      Argentina
Iceland                                              Hungary                                       Croatia
South Korea                                      Poland                                      Barbados
Denmark                                          Lithuania

 

Once you have decided which area you would like to work in please find a site and situate your project. Building Trust want to know why you think the site could have the potential to offer a home. We understand that it may not be possible to find out every detail about a site i.e. cost, land ownership, etc. However, we do expect a certain level of study into the site conditions that may inform any design decision. It would of course be great if you can give more information regarding cost of land and ownership but it is not a marked criterion.

SUGGESTED PLAN:

1 – Find a site: Within a city (pop100.000+) for example an in-fill site, a warehouse, redundant parking space(s), under transport infrastructure, on top of a building, etc… NB: If you would prefer to suggest a generic home solution, please skip stage 1.

2 – Research: Site and housing solutions (Think both inside + outside of the box)

3 – Test: develop and refine

4 – Propose

SPECIAL CONDITIONS:

The design should be accessible and inclusive, you should display a sensitivity to the access needs of elderly and those with physical /mental impairments. Submissions can be the work of an individual or a group. There is no age limit. However, entrants under 18 years of age must be led or entered by someone over 18 year of age. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged to enter the competition.

AWARDS:

Professional Category
1st prize: We will pursue funding and planning for the winning design.
There will also be 9 honourable mentions.

Student Category
1st prize: $500
There will also be 4 honourable mentions.

PUBLICATION:

1st Prize, will be published in any subsequent magazine press as well as the Building Trust Website. There will also be a book that will be compiled of the best designs from the professional and student categories.

SCHEDULE:

Competition officially announced – 1st April 2012
Final date for registration and fee payment – 30th June 2012
Closing date for submissions – 31st July 2012
Jury evaluation – 1st – 30th August 2012 
Announcement of Winners to be posted on buildingtrustinternational.org –15th September 2012

DEADLINES:

All entry submissions must be sent via email to competitions@buildingtrustinternational.org until 31st July 2012 at midnight (11:59 pm.GMT). Competitors will be responsible for the arrival of their proposals within the corresponding deadlines and no proposal will be received one day after the date previously stated.

If you or any or your friends/colleagues may be interested in the competition please do share with them the link to download the Competition brief:

http://www.buildingtrustinternational.org/HOMEbrief.pdf

But remember there are only 6 days left to register – Good Luck!

 

‘HOME’ International Design Competition

I am very excited to announce the launch of Building Trust International‘s new open design competition entitled ‘HOME’. The competition seeks 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 and in the worst cases sleeping rough. The ‘HOME’ International Open Design Competition is directed to 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 marginalized within society a safe place to live. Building Trust international ask contestants 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 will work alongside local government and community groups to seek funding and planning for the winning design. The design competition has the support of Habitat for Humanity and the YMCA.

HOME Competition
HOME Competition

ABOUT THE COMPETITION

The aim of this competition is to:

  • Design a quality, low cost home that will tackle issues of homelessness and homes for the elderly in our society;
  • Encourage and reward design excellence at a small scale which integrates function, structure, details and the need for shelter.
  • Research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing a home with the constraints of a low budget on an urban site.
  • Encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal and foster understanding of the impacts of housing trends on people’s health and well being.

COMPETITION STRUCTURE

This is a single stage competition with the aim of identifying the most appropriate proposal, which best satisfies the general and specific objectives of the contest.

INTRODUCTION

The challenge is to design an affordable home for an individual. The profile of these users is not defined within the brief “we’re leaving it up to you” but as a guide they could be the elderly, physically or mentally impaired or homeless and looking for the opportunity to stop the cycle of living in debt. Lack of provision of quality small scale housing stock in developed countries often means those that are most vulnerable in our society live in sub-standard living conditions. The HOME design competition hopes to shed light on this and open the doors to designers and house builders that want to make a difference.

AWARDS

Professional Category
1st prize: We will pursue funding and planning for the winning design.
There will also be 9 honourable mentions.

Student Category
1st prize: $500
There will also be 4 honourable mentions.

PUBLICATION

1st Prize, will be published in any subsequent magazine press as well as the Building Trust Website. There will also be a book that will be compiled of the best designs from the professional and student categories.

SCHEDULE

Competition officially announced – 1st April 2012
Final date for registration and fee payment – 30th June 2012
Closing date for submissions – 31st July 2012
Jury evaluation – 1st – 30th August 2012 
Announcement of Winners to be posted on http://www.buildingtrustinternational.org –15th August 2012

If you are interested in the competition the brief please download from HERE

This week I have been in discussions with many architectural and design press and social networks to ensure the brief is available to the largest audience possible. I really hope you find the brief of interest and please do share the link with anyone who you think would like to enter the competition.

Thanks! Louise