Announcement of the winning designs from the Cambodian Housing Competition:
I am very excited to share with you details of the results from the Building Trust International Cambodian Housing Competition. The competition which took place between October – January challenged professional and student Architects and Designers to come up with innovative and exciting design proposals for a housing design which could withstand flooding and offer a safe and secure home for low income families in Cambodia. Another challenging factor of the brief was the come up with a solution that met the budget of $2000. To read the full design brief please click here
As I aim to promote humanitarian design within Universities and Educational Institutions it was fantastic to see a variety of concepts from students from countries around the World. It was easy to see from the results of the competition that by setting a challenging competition brief to a student group peer learning can be promoted and an increase in high quality designs and thought process will occur. It was great to discuss with proactive University professors who were very happy to set this challenging brief to their students as part of their curriculum. I hope through sharing the results, we will be able to connect with more Universities in the hope to set further humanitarian design briefs to students around the World.
I am proud to announce the winning team from the Student category as Sanaz Amindeldar from Tehran University, Nastaran Hadidi from Isfahan University of Art, Ehsan Naderi from Islamic Azad University North Tehran Branch and Siamak Khaksar from Shahid Beheshti University.
The Iranian team created a modular housing system, with different arrangements of modules allowing the Cambodian family to design their house based on their needs and tastes.
I am also very happy to share with you details of the 4 short listed Student entries:
‘Litter of Life’ by Zhang Zhiyang and Liu Chunyao from Harbin Institute of Technology, China came up with a design using recycled materials to create a new housing solution.
‘I-Home’ by ZHAO Jingxian, CHIONG Zhimin and QIU Lidan from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Instead of a single housing design the team offered a housing system which the user could choose different facades and interiors.
‘C-House’ by NAN TIAN, QIN LING, QIU PEIRAN and CHENG KUN from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. The team aimed to create a better housing model with changeable structures through the use of modular units which are applied to fit various conditions, assembled free and built fast.
‘semi H House’ by Cai Zeyu, Chen Fengqian, Yang Tianyu and Liu Qun from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. The team hoped to create a sustainable house incorporating environmental-friendly features for low income families in Cambodia.
The jury panel day was carried out in Phnom Penh last week with representatives from Building Trust International, Habitat for Humanity Cambodia, Karuna Cambodia, MIT, Collective Studio, members of the Cambodian Society of Architects and most importantly the families that are going to live in the houses once they are built later this year. The jury selection was carried out under complete anonymity, it was very interesting to see that 3 of the short listed student designs came from the same Educational Institution : Tsinghua University in China. I believe that this is due to the fact that through setting a clear and challenging humanitarian design brief to a group of students in the same class will create fantastic results as the students are able to work together to create exciting and innovative design solutions.
I hope that in our future competitions we can promote the use of Building Trust design briefs in school curriculum and create powerful design solutions from the young designers and architects of today. If you are interested in setting a design brief to your students or are a student who would like to get your professor thinking about humanitarian design please get in touch.
Please note an exhibition showcasing the winning and short listed student and professional designs will be held in Cambodia in May. If you would like to know more about the event, please get in touch.
In the professional category, three international architecture firms were announced as joint winners of the competition. The three winning designs by teams from the UK, Australia and USA will be constructed in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Cambodia in the upcoming months, I look forward to sharing with you images from the build.
Thanks again for reading,